What does the future hold for the Spurs?


Obviously, a lot of things needs to be worked out before we see what the San Antonio Spurs will look like next season (whenever it starts).

But this is what we know for a fact, the Spurs still have the Big Three, coach Gregg Popovich on the sidelines and will probably be a much younger team than they’ve ever had in the past four or five seasons.

Tiago Splitter, DeJuan Blair,  James Anderson, and Gary Neal are all solid young players who will be the foundation of the future.

They’ve also added nice young players that could help them immediately next season in Kawhi Leonard and Cory Joseph, plus Tony Parker is only 29.

On top of that, they have players that are developing and stashed overseas that might help the team in the near future.

This is not to say that some of these players will be a Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili or a Parker, because that is kind of far-fetched thing to expect from anybody coming into the NBA.

However, the Spurs have always relied on a team concept and have built through the draft to stay competitive. Picking the likes of Ginobili, Parker, Blair and Splitter late in the draft don’t hurt either.

The Spurs are one of the most successful organizations and franchise in the NBA despite being a small market team because their front office personnel is one of the best in the business.

The truth is they never missed the playoffs since Duncan’s arrival, and have won four NBA titles with different role players surrounding their stars along the way.

Even when Duncan and Ginobili do finally walk away from the game, the Spurs appears to be set for the future and have a core of young players waiting in the wings. These young players will be watching, waiting and learning from some of the NBA’s best.

For now, the Spurs are using their Big Three as long as they are serviceable to try to win another title and at the same time, help the young guns prepare for the next era. Duncan, Manu and Tony are still relevant.

In the next three years or so they might be sorely missed, but the Spurs should be ready. People have counted them out time and again, but they always seem to find a way to bounce back and prove their skeptics wrong.

Nonetheless, their last championship seems like a distant memory, their last title came in 2007 when Duncan’s knees are still sound.

Given their current state, it would be interesting to see how will the Spurs respond next season, especially Tim, Manu and Tony.

One thing is for sure though, the NBA lockout provides a lot of uncertainty.

Will there even be a season? Maybe a shortened season will take place similar to what happened back in 1999 when Duncan and the Spurs won their first NBA title.

Wouldn’t it be great to see Duncan win another title towards the end of his career?

Some people believed the Spurs have a good chance of winning the title in a lockout season.

Can the Spurs give Duncan the last hurrah the way he provided David Robinson during the Admiral’s twilight?

There is always a chance with one of the top organizations in sports.

The reality is the Spurs are consistent and always seem to be a step ahead of the rest of the league.

The best thing is that, the organization knows where the future of this franchise is headed and that’s all we can ask for.

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8 thoughts on “What does the future hold for the Spurs?

  1. Robby

    The biggest problem for the Spurs will be the health of the main players on the roster ! In particular Duncan , Ginobli and Parker . If those guys aren’t healthy then we know that team will ‘ll be in for a miserable season and that’s if there’s to be one to be had . At this moment in time I can’t trust anyone within the league hierarchy much less anyone within the NBPA !

    tophatal ……

  2. The future looks bright for the Spurs. They have managed to prepare for the post Duncan era while staying competitive. I agree, the Spurs success still relies heavily on the health of the Big 3. If one of them is hurt then it’s gonna be a long season for the Spurs.

  3. I like what the Spurs have done over the past seasons trying to get younger and perhaps win another ring with the big 3, the problem is the other teams have all got better and younger too.

    Having said that, I still can’t wait for the season to get started and see how these Spurs play out. I love the Spurs and I want to see them play on the court. Go Spurs Go!

  4. Excellent write up Robby, it’s good to read this kind of things during a lockout for a change. Looking ahead kind of thing, I think the Spurs are set to solve their short and long term problems.

    And I can’t really wait for the season to start. Lift the lockout! Can you hear me NBA?

  5. I been talking about how some of the imports should be brought in NOW. Scenario one: Short season give them time to adjust. Scenario two: a regular season, a time for them to develope and adjust, just give them valuable playing time. I always say (LOOK=LISTEN=LEARN) = CHIP’S. The FO knows they are problaly one or two trades away from setting everything up for the present and future. How about trading for Big Al Jefferson. Also getting Davis Bertans, Ryan Richards, and Adam Haga in. Keep AMac if season is short , if a regular season possibly a two team trade RJ, Da’S B, D. Green, overload dead weight at SF and AMac contract. Get a serviceable young atheletic 7’0.

  6. Tophatal, I totally agree with you about the Big three’s health like in the past that is for the Spurs’ season.

    Troy, you mentioned a good point, the other NBA teams have improved a lot over the years and there are plenty young and up coming teams. I guess we will have to wait and see how will the Spurs handle team when the real games begin.

    Tonyforlife, We share the same sentiment, I hope the lockout will be over soon!

    Joe, I noticed that you are becoming a regular here which is great! I like your inputs. However, I don’t see the Spurs bringing over Bertans or Hanga next season. Ryan Richards maybe, especially the way he perform for GB.

    Trading for Al Jefferson seems to be good idea, but I don’t think we have the necessary pieces (available) to convince Utah to give him up. There are no takers on RJ’s contract.

    McDyess will probably be bought out. But there is the possibility he plays especially if the season is cut short. However, his contract will then be fully guaranteed which is I believe close to $5M.

    Thanks everyone for the comments and reads and for keeping the conversations here lively and intelligent. I appreciate it!

  7. I think the Spurs made the right moves in the past season (except the signing of RJ) that made the team what it is right now. Competitive and at the same time, they have young players that might help them in the immediate future.

    Right now, I would say the Spurs a two solid rotation players away from being a legit title contender.

  8. Robby

    So it’s rumored that Dwight Howard is intrigued with playing in China ? I hope his Mandarin and Cantonese is top notch !

    As to the Spurs everything simply revolves around the “Big Three . Without them the team simply will be viewed as average at best .

    At present I just want to see an end to this asinine lockout ! Unfortunately the ego of David Stern is getting in the way of actually seeing reason much less actually showing common sense . That being said the team owners and union are just as stupid !

    A labor stoppage within the world of professional sports never really achieves that much , if anything it simply alienates the fans even more .

    tophatal ………….

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