Vegas Over/Under: 54.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 55-27 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 an opportunity to keep their fights against Father Time at the very same uniforms.
Together with LaMarcus Aldridge moving further away from stardom, Kawhi Leonard is the lone participant who enjoys true celestial standing, and he doesn’t really have the luxury of too much depth around him.
Sure, Dejounte Murray, Leonard, Danny Green, Aldridge and Gasol’s opening quintet is a dominant one. But the main backups–while merry and Parker are rehabbing, at the least –are Patty Mills,” Ginobili, Kyle Anderson, Davis Bertans and Joffrey Lauvergne.
That is not particularly inspiring. Not by Spurs standards, at least.
But one figure is. As Adam Spinella noted for NBA Math, head coach Gregg Popovich is just one continuous reason for optimism, even as the dynasty seems like it’s on the decline:
“In lieu of that certainty, we will watch anxiously as Pop attempts prove us wrong and also make those subtle modifications to his roster. We are going to hope from an stable franchise for one run of great basketball. 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 do not.
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