The San Antonio Spurs have had an unexpected start to their season. They were projected to win around 20 or 21 games and now have a 2-1 record after three games. They recently handled the Philadelphia 76ers in a solid win, with the final score being 114-105.
Even after just a few games, there are two very clear things that are happening in San Antonio. For starters, the duo of Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell are absolutely lighting it up. Despite both being only 22 and 23 years old respectively, they are taking the mantle of being the leading scorers on this team. Just like how Gregg Popovich described, this is a good young cast that's waiting for their true franchise player to come along.
The young core isn't the only group playing well
We also have the veterans that are holding things down. Jakob Poeltl continues to be a dynamic two way player with improved passing from the paint. He is the foundation of this team from his elite screens to his suffocating defense. Doug McDermott continues to be an absolute flamethrower, shooting over 60% from 3 from three so far. Obviously, that's not realistic to expect to stick but he's showing how good of a shooter he is and how he's a spark off the bench.
Enter the arrival of Josh Richardson, a premier "3 & D" in this league. He is flashing his talent on a level we haven't seen since his days in Miami. He is shooting a blistering percentage from beyond the arc while hounding perimeter players on defense.
San Antonio definitely has the assets in these veterans to trade to more suitable win-now talent, if they so choose. Their value is only looking better and better with each passing game. Also, they can throw additional incentives by taking back longer-term contacts since these two out of these three vets are expiring contracts. I fully expect playoff teams to come calling sooner rather than later. A team like the Los Angeles Lakers could become desperate and like what they see with these veterans. Their putrid 0-3 start this season has got to have them looking at the open market.
They are just an example, as there plenty of teams who could use the service of these players. Either way, the San Antonio Spurs have got to be excited with what they see on the court and the endless possibilities that come with it