The San Antonio Spurs are at a crossroads. After failing to make the playoffs for the first time in 23 years, the Spurs have to soon decide whether they want to hit the reset button or to give it another shot. Recent NBA trade rumors suggest that the San Antonio Spurs will be active this offseason in order to upgrade their roster for the next year. In this article, we'll take a look at the dream starting 5 for the franchise, considering the talent and trade assets they have on their squad.
Point Guard: Derrick White
Derrick White looks like the guy that the San Antonio Spurs want to build around. He has a well-balanced game, and his impact on the defensive end makes him the right fit in the Gregg Popovich system. Though his 11.2 points per game isn't that impressive for a starting guard, he's improving every year and shot at 36.6% from downtown this season.
Once he gets more comfortable in his own skin, he can be an all-star level talent for the San Antonio Spurs for many years to come.
Shooting Guard: Jrue Holiday
According to NBA trade rumors, Jrue Holiday is the top target for multiple teams in the upcoming offseason. Holiday is an elite perimeter defender and would fit right into the San Antonio Spurs' system.
However, the Spurs will have to give up a lot in order to get the 30-year-old from New Orleans Pelicans. A recent NBA trade rumor suggests that a package involving Rudy Gay, Patty Mills and a future pick might interest the Pelicans in moving Jrue Holiday. The Spurs might also have to include Dejounte Murray if the Pelicans demand more.
Small Forward: Lonnie Walker
After an ordinary rookie season, Lonnie Walker showed some flashes of brilliance in his second year with the San Antonio Spurs. This shooting guard-turned-small forward has the ability to guard multiple positions on the defensive end.
After shooting over 40% from the 3-point line this season, his growth as a player will be crucial for Spurs' chances in the playoffs.
Power Forward: DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan has been the face of the San Antonio Spurs and should continue in that role for the upcoming 2020-21 season. Gregg Popovich moved DeRozan to power forward, and the 31-year-old seems content with his new position.
Even though there's been a decline in his performance compared to his Toronto years, DeRozan still averaged 22.1 points per game and shot over 50% of his field-goal attempts. He will be the key to San Antonio Spurs' success if they wish to make a deep run in the playoffs next year.
Center: Myles Turner
LaMarcus Aldridge is no longer the player he once used to be, and the San Antonio Spurs need another star to lead their frontcourt. Youngsters Drew Eubanks and Jakob Pöltl still need time. A player like Myles Turner can, therefore, solve a lot of the Spurs' issues on the court.
According to the NBA trade rumors, Turner wants to separate from the Indiana Pacers, and the San Antonio Spurs should go all-in to land the 24-year-old.
Turner was the NBA blocks leader in 2019 and will be a big upgrade to the Spurs' defense in the paint. A package centered around LaMarcus Aldridge and future picks might convince the Pacers to let go of Myles Turner.
Published 09 Oct 2020, 13:08 IST