San Antonio Spurs 2021-2022 total wins projection: 39 wins
Ultimately, while the Spurs will only rack up a total of 39 wins, that will be enough to narrowly place them in the playoff picture based on the Western Conference being top-heavy and the Eastern Conference being more talented than expected. Just as mother nature intended, Spurs playoff games and Fiesta will coincide once again.
If I were forced to make an early playoff prediction, of all teams in the Western Conference, I think the New Orleans Pelicans will make a big splash and surprise a lot of people. While they still need more depth at the point guard position, they obviously still have Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson at their disposal, upgraded at the center spot with Jonas Valanciunas, and added a lethal shooter in the draft in Trey Murphy. As noted by our friends over at Pelican Debrief, Murphy may be the answer to unlocking the team's small-ball potential.
With that in mind, if Kira Lewis Jr. can make the jump that I anticipate him taking, I think the Pelicans will shock the West and narrowly make their way to the third seed. The San Antonio Spurs will face them in the first round of the playoffs and win in dramatic fashion in game seven.
I do not envision the Spurs making it past the second round of the playoffs by any stretch of the imagination, being that their young players are still very inexperienced in the playoffs. They can, however, outlast an even more inexperienced New Orleans Pelicans team in the first round and gain some much-needed confidence going into the 2022-'23 season.