Vegas Over/Under: 54.5
The Record Projection: 55-27 of fromal The Bet: Avoid 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 major injuries, while Pau Gasol and Manu Ginobili re-signed to get an opportunity to continue their battles from Father Time in exactly the same uniforms.
Together with LaMarcus Aldridge moving farther away from stardom, Kawhi Leonard is the lone participant who appreciates true celestial standing, and he does not actually have the luxury of too much depth around him.
Sure, Dejounte Murray, Leonard, Danny Green, Aldridge and Gasol’s opening quintet is a dominant person. But the primary backups–while Gay and Parker are rehabbing, at least–are Patty Mills, Ginobili, Kyle Anderson, Davis Bertans and Joffrey Lauvergne.
That’s not particularly inspiring. Not by Spurs criteria, at least.
However one figure is. Since Adam Spinella noted for NBA Math, head coach Gregg Popovich is just one persistent reason for optimism, even as the dynasty seems like it is on the decline:
“In lieu of that certainty, we will watch anxiously as Pop tries prove us wrong and also make those subtle changes to his roster. We are going to hope for one run of basketball that is fantastic from an secure franchise. We are going to 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: simply do not.
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