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 have been in quite some time.
Tony Parker and Rudy Gay are working their way back from major injuries, while Pau Gasol and Manu Ginobili re-signed for a chance to keep their fights against Father Time at exactly the very same uniforms.
Together with LaMarcus Aldridge moving farther away from stardom, Kawhi Leonard is the lone player who enjoys true celestial standing, and he doesn’t actually 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 dominant one. Nevertheless, the main backups–while Gay 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 standards, 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 looks like it’s about the decline:
“In lieu of this certainty, we will watch anxiously as Pop tries prove us wrong and make those subtle changes to his roster. We are going to hope for one final run of basketball that is great from an secure franchise. We’ll look to see how this group of offense-first big men and over-the-hill cast members constructs yet another top-ranked defense”
Never bet against Popovich: just do not.
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