Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz — Preseason Game #1

The San Antonio Spurs will play their first preseason game of the 2021-22 season tonight when they take on the Utah Jazz in the AT&T Center. The Spurs will play a total of five preseason games before beginning the regular season on October 20th at home versus the Orlando Magic.

When the Spurs take the court, they will look a lot different than they did last season. Most notably, San Antonio will be without DeMar DeRozan and Patty Mills. DeRozan was the team’s go-to offensive weapon last season, while Mills spent a decade with the Spurs. DeRozan was traded to the Chicago Bulls, while Mills left San Antonio to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.

Who Will Start for the San Antonio Spurs?

The probable starters for the Spurs are Dejounte Murray and Derrick White at the guard positions, Doug McDermott and Keldon Johnson at the forward positions, and Jakob Poeltl at center. Considering that McDermott was San Antonio’s biggest signing in the offseason, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him start.

Going forward, it’s possible that Lonnie Walker IV could move his way into the starting lineup. The Spurs will need all the scoring they can get this season and Walker has a high ceiling as a scorer.

New Faces for the Spurs

In addition to McDermott, other new faces that could make their Silver and Black preseason debut include Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jock Landale. Draft picks Joshua Primo and Joe Wieskamp could also see action.

Bryn Forbes was signed in the offseason after spending a season with the Milwaukee Bucks. He’s not a new face, though, as he spent his first four seasons with the Spurs.

Rudy Gay Out

Rudy Gay signed with the Jazz in the offseason after spending four season with the Spurs. While it’s possible that he could be attendance tonight, Gay won’t play because he had surgery on his left heel during the offseason. 

Joining Gay on the sidelines for Utah will be Bojan Bogdanovic. San Antonio will be without Zach Collins, who isn’t expected to play until after Christmas. Additionally, Tre Jones is listed as doubtful with a sprained ankle.

How to Watch the Spurs vs. Jazz Preseason Game

Tonight’s preseason game between the Spurs and Jazz will reportedly be shown on Bally Sports. Considering that the Spurs usually don’t air their preseason games, this is a pleasant surprise for Spurs fans.