Vegas Over/Under: 54.5
The Record Projection: 55-27 of fromal The Bet: Prevent but do not ever bet against the San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs feel more vulnerable than they’ve been in quite some time.
Tony Parker and Rudy Gay are both working their way back from significant injuries, while Pau Gasol and Manu Ginobili re-signed to get an opportunity to continue their fights against Father Time in exactly the same uniforms.
Together with LaMarcus Aldridge moving farther away from stardom, Kawhi Leonard is the lone player who enjoys authentic celestial status, and he does not really have the luxury of an excessive amount of depth him around.
Sure, the opening quintet of Dejounte Murray, Leonard Danny Green, Aldridge and Gasol is a person. Nevertheless, the main backups–while merry and Parker are rehabbing, at least–are Patty Mills,” Ginobili, Kyle Anderson, Davis Bertans and Joffrey Lauvergne.
That is not particularly inspiring. Not by Spurs criteria, at least.
However one figure is. As Adam Spinella noted for NBA Math, head coach Gregg Popovich is one persistent reason for optimism, even as the dynasty seems like it is about the decline:
“Despite that certainty, we’ll watch anxiously as Pop tries prove us wrong and also make those subtle changes to his roster. We’ll hope from an unbelievably franchise for one run of basketball. We’ll look to see how this team of offense-first big men and over-the-hill cast members constructs yet another top-ranked defense”
Never bet against Popovich do not.
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