Of the 17 San Antonio Spurs currently listed on the roster, only four of those are over the age of 26. If things go as we're hoping this offseason, that number might decrease even further. With a likely 12th selection in the NBA Draft joining the mix, San Antonio is poised to be one of the youngest teams in the league next season.
While youth and inexperience could be a problem for the Spurs next season, it's not like they have much of a choice. No one would be surprised if DeMar DeRozan leaves for greener pastures this offseason, and San Antonio would be doing itself a disservice by keeping both Rudy Gay and Patty Mills to take minutes away from the new class.
The fact of the matter is, after two straight seasons missing the playoffs, the Spurs are in rebuilding mode, even if it's not as drastic of a phase as it is for most teams. Despite severely underperforming at home last season and shooting poorly, they still were nearly one win away from the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
With the NBA finally likely to return to a normal season, there should be no insane schedules or COVID protocols in the way as the new movement makes its way to center stage in the Alamo City. While some of the young core, like Dejounte Murray, have already taken huge leaps, these five guys are primed to be next in line.