The San Antonio Spurs are always a force to be reckoned with. While the original powerhouse team has begun to fade with the retirement of Tim Duncan and the steady decline of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, Gregg Popovich’s team has managed to keep All-Star talent around with the development of Kawhi Leonard into an MVP caliber player and the acquisition of LaMarcus Aldridge. No matter how many times the Spurs look like they are going to take a step back, the team continues to thrive and contend for championships. Will this year be any different?
2016-17 Record: 61-21 (2nd Seed, lost to GSW in Conference Finals)
Players Added: Rudy Gay (via FA), Joffrey Lauvergne (via FA)
Players Lost: Johnathan Simmons (via FA)
What To Watch For: Continued Success From A Successful Franchise
The Spurs are always near the top of the list when considering championship contenders. Kawhi Leonard is a potential MVP winner, LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol are excellent scorers down low, and the depth of this team is excellent (with an exception at PG). The pieces are all there to be successful once again, and the way this team works together should provide the foundation for a team that can contend with the Warriors and Cavaliers. While their PG position is in flux, Popovich will lead his team to an excellent season.
Best Case Scenario: Consistency Proves More Effective Than Explosiveness
The Spurs are dominant because they work as a cohesive, methodical unit. However, when a team is in control and running the floor, San Antonio struggles to slow them down. The Warriors certainly exploited this fact, using their high-octane offense to simply run circles around the Spurs defense. While the Spurs can easily win games, it needs to be under their control and at their speed. If the Spurs can work on slowing down the fast-paced offenses of today’s league, they will be championship favorites.
2017-18 Prediction: Top 2 Seed, Finals Contender