San Antonio Spurs: 3 Reasons to believe in the Spurs this year

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – JULY 31: Lonnie Walker IV #1 of the San Antonio Spurs wears a jersey adorned with the words “Black Lives Matters” huddles with his teammates before an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings at the Visa Athletic Center. (Photo by Kim Klement – Pool/Getty Images)

Here’s why you should have faith in the San Antonio Spurs this year

After missing the playoffs for the first time in over two decades, the San Antonio Spurs will be facing an uphill battle to return to the postseason this year. As tough as that task may seem, history has shown us that you should count the Spurs out at your own risk.

There’s no debating that last season’s performance was a severe let down for Spurs fans. The team’s struggles were apparent to anyone who regularly watched the team play. A lack of 3-point shooting and historically bad defense being the most glaring of the bunch. Thankfully, the team spent the offseason directly addressing those issues.

The Spurs didn’t break the internet with shocking draft day trades or splashy free-agent signings but they quietly improved their roster with quality, NBA-ready additions and made necessary and smart free agency signings.

Devin Vassell and Tre Jones should be able to contribute right away. They’re both coming from top-tier programs with a record of sending pro-ready players to the league. Vassell could be in line to have the biggest role that we’ve seen from a Spurs rookie since Kawhi Leonard and Jones should be able to take over the role of the team’s second unit leader in the event Patty Mills gets moved at the deadline.

The rookies are certainly going to have an impact but they’re not the only reasons to have faith in the San Antonio Spurs. Here are four reasons that you should believe in the Spurs this year.