The Spurs never enter a season in worse shape than they were in the year before, and by constantly improving and evolving their roster they’ve become the leading innovators around the league. This season will be no exception and despite roster fluctuation this off-season, the Spurs once again enter the season as one of the favourites. This offseason, they lost Aron Baynes, Tiago Splitter, Cory Joseph and Marco Belinelli, all proven Spurs performers who have been key role players in that system for many years. To replace these guys, they added David West and Ray McCallum as well as the biggest prize of the offseason, LaMarcus Aldridge. Now, I have my suspicions as to how Aldridge will fit in the system, but the Spurs are the Spurs and Pop is Pop and there is already speculation about them altering the system to accommodate LaMarc’s skillset. As for the other additions, I fully expect Pop to be able to teach them the Spurs way but it will take time, so expect a potentially slow start to the season. Along with the additions, they also did what they needed to do, they resigned starting wing players Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green and somehow convinced Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan not to play for the Spurs Nursing Home affiliate.
One area of concern this season, however, is Tony Parker; a man who was the a top three Point Guard in the league just two seasons ago. He had a poor season last year, looking injured at multiple times during the season and playoffs and didn’t appease any of the doubts surrounding him during the 2015 EuroBasket shooting just 32.3% from the field. Parker is the most important man on this team – the Spurs can’t win a championship without him healthy – because Point Guard is the most pivotal position in the West. If Parker is outplayed by Mills in the playoffs and can’t defend Westbrook, Curry, Paul, Conley and the like then the Spurs will have a much tougher task coming out of the West. This team does, however, have the best starting lineup in the league and has guys like Summer League MVP Kyle Anderson, Matt Bonner, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills coming off the bench who are tried and tested under Coach Pop. They are undoubtedly one of the favourites this season and could potentially go all the way.
Projected Record: 51-31
My Predicted Wins: 50-55
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