Vegas Over/Under: 54.5
The Record Projection: 55-27 of fromal The Bet: Prevent 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 working their way back from major injuries, while Pau Gasol and Manu Ginobili re-signed for a chance to keep their battles from Father Time at the very same uniforms.
With LaMarcus Aldridge moving further away from stardom, Kawhi Leonard is the lone player who enjoys authentic celestial status, 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. But the primary 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 least.
However one figure is. As Adam Spinella noted for NBA Math, head coach Gregg Popovich is just one persistent reason for optimism, even as the dynasty looks like it is on the decline:
“Despite that certainty, we will watch anxiously as Pop tries prove us wrong and also make those subtle changes to his roster. We’ll hope for one run of basketball that is great from an unbelievably franchise. We are going to 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 don’t.
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