Vegas Over/Under: 54.5
The Record Projection: 55-27 of fromal The Bet: Avoid but don’t 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 for an opportunity to continue their fights against Father Time at the very same uniforms.
Together with LaMarcus Aldridge moving farther away from stardom, Kawhi Leonard is the lone player who enjoys true celestial status, and he does not actually have the luxury of an excessive amount of depth around him.
Sure, the likely opening quintet of Dejounte Murray, Danny Green, Leonard, Aldridge and Gasol is a one. Nevertheless, the main backups–while Gay and Parker are rehabbing, at the least –are Patty Mills, Ginobili, Kyle Anderson, Davis Bertans and Joffrey Lauvergne.
That’s not especially inspiring. Not by Spurs standards, at the least.
However one figure is. Since Adam Spinella noted for NBA Math, head coach Gregg Popovich is one continuous reason for optimism, even as the dynasty looks like it’s on the decline:
“Despite this certainty, we’ll watch anxiously as Pop attempts prove us wrong and also make those subtle changes to his roster. We are going to hope for one run of basketball from an secure franchise. We’ll look to see how this group of offense-first big men and over-the-hill cast members constructs another top-ranked defense”
Never bet against Popovich do not.