The San Antonio Spurs roster underwent an overhaul this off-season with eight new players replacing the six outgoing members of last season's team. With key players like DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, and Patty Mills now gone, the team's rotations are guaranteed to change next season, affecting both the bench and the starting lineup.
Coach Gregg Popovich will have several options to choose from when determining who should start. However, he’ll have to balance the need for the Spurs to remain competitive and the need to develop young players. Without further wait, here is the Spurs projected starting lineup for the 2021-2022 season.
Point Guard: Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray will start again at point guard next season following a career year in which he averaged 15.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.5 steal. Next season, however, he'll likely be relied upon to do even more, given San Antonio's lack of established scoring threats.
That would mean taking another step forward in his scoring and playmaking abilities. Fortunately, his ability to attack the basket (particularly in transition), his emergence as a knock-down mid-range shooter, and his work on his 3-point shot suggest that he's ready to become more of a scorer. As a playmaker, Murray has shown drastic improvement in his court vision and decision-making over the course of his time with the team.
Therefore, he should also prove capable of being the team’s primary shot creator next season. The Spurs' offensive success will likely hinge on whether or not he’s up to the task of leading the team in scoring and assists. Factoring in his defensive responsibility on top of those aforementioned tasks and he’ll have a lot on his plate. Ultimately, I believe that he's capable of being successful in all three areas and emerge as a star.
He is by far the Spurs' best true point guard and he'll very obviously retain his spot in the starting five.