Vegas Over/Under: 54.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 55-27 The Bet: Prevent but do not ever bet against the San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs feel more vulnerable than they have 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 battles from Father Time in the very same uniforms.
With LaMarcus Aldridge moving further away from stardom, Kawhi Leonard is the lone participant who enjoys true celestial standing, and he does not really have the luxury of an excessive amount of depth around him.
Sure, the Possible opening quintet of Dejounte Murray, Leonard, Danny Green, Aldridge and Gasol is a one. Nevertheless, the main backups–while Gay and Parker are rehabbing, at least–are Patty Mills, Ginobili, Kyle Anderson, Davis Bertans and Joffrey Lauvergne.
That’s not especially inspiring. Not by Spurs criteria, at the least.
But 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 about the decline:
“In lieu of this certainty, we’ll watch anxiously as Pop attempts prove us wrong and also make those subtle changes to his roster. We’ll hope for one final run of fantastic basketball from an incredibly franchise. We are going to look to see how this group of offense-first big guys and over-the-hill cast members constructs yet another top-ranked defense.”
Never bet against Popovich: just do not.
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