Preview 2022/23 | Season already forgotten for Tottenham?

EuroBasket just ended, american basketball The traditional show, franchise by franchise, kicks off for the upcoming NBA season. Like every year, this takes the form of a countdown, from the worst record in the league to our favorite for the Champion title.

With the draft system, the NBA is designed to operate in a cyclical fashion. Which means that even models of regularity and excellence such as Tottenham In the end, sooner or later, back to the slums in their conference.

So it’s no coincidence that a franchise with five titles and 22 consecutive qualifiers (a record), for three years, finds itself outside the top eight in its conference. Because, yes: in spite of eternity Greg Popovich And All-Star caliber players like DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge or Dejounte Murray, San Antonio has lived since 2019 in the Lower West.

In this new year, things should also get much worse, because Texans will likely have one of the least talented teams in the league. On paper anyway, none of its members crossed the 17.0-point limit on average over the course of the season.

It is clear that Tottenham will have to count on a major advance from Keldon Johnsonand Devin Vassell, Joshua Primo and even Tre Jones, along with the successful integration of Jeremy Suchan, my angel Branham or even Blake Wesley, so as not to drown in the arrangement. I also hope that Jacob Boltle, Josh Richardson or Doug McDermott will be retained long enough to oversee the young guard at Fort Alamo…

Otherwise, it could be a certain Victor Wimpanyama who hasn’t invited himself to San Antonio in less than a year. That’s OK: Like David Robinson (1987) or Tim Duncan (1997) in their days, he’s usually the kind of person you just can’t stand to refuse when he knocks on the door…

summer moves

Access : Jeremy Suchan (draft), Angel Branham (draft), Blake Wesley (draft), Georgie Deng (Hawks), Isaiah Robbie (Thunder), Alize Johnson, Dominic Barlow, Tommy Kohsi
departing Dejounte Murray (Hawks), Lonnie Walker (Lakers), Drew Eubanks (Blazers), Devontae Calvin Cacok (Blazers)

Player you’re watching: Keldon Johnson

Extended this summer at the price of gold by his captains ($80 million over four years), once Dejounte Murray moved to Atlanta, Keldon Johnson became the new captain of Spurs. At around 23, and as he prepares to attack his fourth – only – season in the league, he is almost a “veteran” in this particularly young and inexperienced workforce.

Thus, the 2021 Olympic champion will have to take charge of the team, in continuation of the best campaign of his career: 17.0 points and 6.1 rebounds on average, 47% in shots, 40% in 3 points and 76% in free throws. A growing campaign that came after the first two years was already very exciting.

It remains to be seen whether Keldon Johnson, who ranked 29th in 2019, will be able to take on this unprecedented status, for which he was previously not destined, go to the man. For the former student from Kentucky, a true diamond to polish, the opportunity is great and he has no interest in letting it pass, if he wants to be seen otherwise. This is more than just a duty player (or role player).

Average age: 24 years
Salaries: $98.8 million (29)

The perfect scenario

With a coaching genius like Greg Popovich at their helm, capable of raising the bar for any team with his principles, Tottenham are a surprise in the West. Above all, Coach Bob was eager to enjoy the end of his career, Coach Bob would almost rejuvenate in connection with the unrestrained Jeremy Suchan, Joshua Primo, Devin Fassel, Trey Jones, Malachy Branham and other Blake Wesley, Who manage to disturb a group of teams every evening (or almost).

Collectively, the victories are clearly not plentiful, because the workforce has certain limits despite the very interesting recovery of Zach Collins and veterans, such as Jacob Boltle, Josh Richardson, Doug McDermott and George Deng. But San Antonio still picks up enough not to finish among the three worst records of its conference. And if qualifiers are logically out of reach, then “play” remains possible for a long time. In fact, the general level west tilts downward and allows lower quality students, such as those at Fort Alamo, to believe in an interesting and exciting end to the season…

Above all, given that Keldon Johnson is thriving in his new role as the lead of the Texas series, flirting with an average 20-point bar, he can afford to think about the future more calmly. Especially since, despite the limited opportunities, the club still got the first choice for the next fantasy…

worst case scenario

With Dejounte Murray gone, Spurs have been unable to find a captain, as this suit is still too big for Keldon Johnson. This certainly does his stats, but he does it in a vacuum and with very low success rates. Inevitably, victories are rare and that’s a good thing: In Texas, everyone dreams of seeing Victor Wimpanyama take over this terribly underpowered workforce. So much so that very quickly Greg Popovich’s men settled last in their conference…

Greg Popovich, who is nearly 74 years old and despite being the most successful coach in regular season history, clearly does not manage to make miracles with so many inexperienced and ruthless young players under his stewardship. This prompted him to seriously consider retirement, starting in the summer of 2023.

Especially since the results are getting worse afterwards Trade deadline, when the few veterans in the group—Jacob Boltle, Josh Richardson, Doug McDermott, and Georgie Ding—are willingly swapped for expired contracts and draft rounds. The only good news in this projected mass slump is that San Antonio is securing (at will) an option in the top four of the next draft.

Western Conference
15 – Thunder 14 – Tottenham 13 – … 12 – … 11 – …
10 – … 9 – … 8 – … 7 – … 6 – …
5 – … 4 – … 3 – … 2 – … 1 – …
Eastern Conference
15 – Magic 14 – … 13 – … 12 – … 11 – …
10 – … 9 – … 8 – … 7 – … 6 – …
5 – … 4 – … 3 – … 2 – … 1 – …

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