Tony Parker is recovering well but he still is expected to miss at least half the season, so the Spurs have to rely on younger (and unproven) talent to step up for the team early. If all else fails they still have Ginobili they can put at the point guard position along with reserve Patty Mills. Also the Spurs new addition Rudy Gay is coming off a serious achilles injury last season with the Kings, so there are questions surrounding the extent of his recovery--he may require a minute restriction to start the year. Either way, the Spurs system has proven to be good at weathering injuries.
2) Youth Movement:
Spurs have a lot of young talent on the horizon but while this “youth movement” is talented it is unproven. Dejounte Murray showed glimpses of talent late in the playoffs last year but hasn’t shown that he is ready for possibly a starting position. Bryn Forbes, another guard, had an amazing summer league run and showed that he could be explosive offensively--something that will be needed early in the season. But can Forbes translate those skills to the real NBA game? If the Spurs can get these two guards to be contributors and to play consistently it could be huge--boosting their championship chances.
How will the disgruntled star respond this year? Will he maintain his professionalism and even try to elevate his game? Aldridge has to find more ways to contribute to the game even when his offense isn’t clicking. Rebounding is something he can come into the year focusing on. Also in regards to his offense, he should focus on shooting closer to the basket when he has a smaller player on him. These two tweaks to his game could make a world of difference but these things will be obsolete if he isn’t determined mentally to make the best of his Spur-situation.