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’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 battles from Father Time at the same uniforms.
With LaMarcus Aldridge moving further away from stardom, Kawhi Leonard is the lone participant who enjoys authentic celestial standing, and he doesn’t 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 one. Nevertheless, the primary backups–while Gay and Parker are rehabbing, at least–are Patty Mills,” Ginobili, Kyle Anderson, Davis Bertans and Joffrey Lauvergne.
That is 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 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 tries prove us wrong and make those subtle changes to his roster. We are going to hope for one run of basketball from an stable 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: just don’t.
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