Dejounte Murray | DNP
Provided that ACL holds up, Murray’s getting the keys to the car this season. He’ll return to the court hungry and ready to give his all and should be a lot of fun to watch. Whether he can elevate the Spurs beyond the sum of their parts remains to be seen, but he’ll give the team a huge boost (particularly on offense) as they shoot for 23-straight postseason appearances. Speaking of shooting, this remains the weak point of his game and an area where the Spurs will be hoping for improvement this season.
Derrick White | 9.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.9 apg
Despite the injury troubles that kept him out for the first couple of months, last season was a breakout year for White – one that might have put him in the running for a starting spot this season. The return of Murray likely sees him slide to the bench though, where he could serve as a productive sixth man type. Wherever he ends up, he’ll no doubt be looking to put the experience gained at this summer’s World Cup to good use.
DeMar DeRozan | 21.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 6.2 apg
This season could well be DeRozan’s last in San Antonio. Although he has a sizeable player option awaiting him next season (just under $28 million), he may be willing to take a cut in order to compete for a championship elsewhere. In the meantime, expect more mid-range jumpers and veteran leadership, as he and Aldridge will be crucial if the Spurs are to keep the postseason streak alive.
LaMarcus Aldridge | 21.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.4 apg
Aldridge is another Spurs player who may well be thinking about the future. At 33 years old, his championship window is closing fast. The only problem is that he’s guaranteed $33 million over the next two seasons. The Spurs can avoid paying him the full $24 million he’s owed next season by waiving him before the end of June 2020, but doing so would still cost them $7 million. Assuming he does remain in San Antonio, he’ll continue to be an excellent mentor to the young guns, while providing consistent offence in the tried and tested fashion.
Šamanić has been widely touted as one of the more athletic European forwards to come through the draft in recent memory. Last season he averaged a modest 8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for Petrol Olimpija the Basketball Champions League, Adriatic League, and Slovenian 1st Division. But a strong performance at the Draft Combine captured the attention of the Spurs brass, who were reportedly drawn to his size and versatility. If his skillset translates to the NBA, he could be another long-term piece for a franchise looking to develop talent for the future.