5 Shocking events that could happen to Spurs over the next year

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The San Antonio Spurs pulled another miracle in the draft lottery and got their superstar to build around in Victor Wembanyama. The 7’4 big man is the most-hyped prospect since LeBron James, and it altered the entire franchise’s future. San Antonio had an otherwise quiet offseason as they used their cap space to acquire more assets. They want to give Wemby time to develop, but the Spurs are positioned to make a massive splash at any moment.

What is next? They have to get down to 15 players before the start of the regular season, but the Spurs are not projected to contend. They will be a difficult matchup on any night, and Gregg Popovich will lead them to some unexpected victories. Still, the Spurs likely finish near the bottom of the Western Conference and end up back in the lottery.

Fans should be excited, and things could change quickly. It will depend on Wemby’s development. If he quickly becomes a star, the front office could speed up the reshaping of their roster.

Shocking events that could happen to the San Antonio Spurs over the next year

5. Wemby becomes a top 5 player in the NBA

This is not that uncommon and checks in as the least shocking thing on this list. Luka Doncic was first-team All-NBA and an All-Star starter in his second NBA season. LeBron James made second-team All-NBA and made his first All-Star appearance. Keeping going back to find that many legends become one of the league’s best in their second season.

One year from now, Wembanyama could already be one of the five best players in the league. There is room as Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are in their mid-30s. Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Joel Embiid feel locked in, but passing Stephen Curry, Jayson Tatum, Kevin Durant, and Luka feels doable for the teenage prodigy.

There will be a ton of hype, but Wembanyama is more than capable of exceeding it. He will be an elite rim-protector and shot-blocker from day one, but how will his offensive game translate? If Wemby can score 18 points per game as a rookie, the stage will be set for him to leap into superstar status in year two.

If Victor Wembanyama wins Rookie of the Year and is already a star, the San Antonio Spurs could move quickly in building around him.