San Antonio Spurs: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Outlook
San Antonio Spurs 2016 NBA Season Preview
October 25, 2016
NBA Championship: 11/1 Over/under win total: 57.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs embark on a new era as the team will start the 2016-17 NBA season without Tim Duncan for the first time in 20 years.
Here is your 2016 San Antonio Spurs Preview.
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End of an era: It truly was the end of an era as Tim Duncan retired from the NBA on July 11th. Duncan was taken 1at overall by the Spurs in the 1997 NBA draft and the Big Fundamental would remain with the Spurs for his entire 19-year career, winning 5 championships, 3 finals MVP awards and becoming a 15-time all-star in the process. Duncan scored 26,496 points and logged 15,091 rebounds to average a career double-double.
Key Additions: The Spurs did their best in the offseason to replace the irreplaceable in Tim Duncan by going out and signing Pau Gasol to a 2-year, $30 million deal. Granted, Gasol is 36 years old himself, but many think the the Spurs got a great deal on Gasol as he averaged a double-double for the 2nd straight year in 2015-16, putting up 16.5 points and 11 rebounds in 72 games for the Bulls.
Key Losses: There were 3 notable subtractions from last year's squad, including David West who packed his bags and signed a veteran's minimum deal with Golden State, and 7'3" centre Boban Marjanovic who signed a 3-year, $21 million deal with Detroit. However, the most familiar name on the list would have to be Boris Diaw, who was traded for the draft rights to Boston College scoring guard Olivier Hanlan.
Outlook: The Spurs only had one season since Tim Duncan was drafted where they hadn't won 50 games, and that was a lockout-shortened season where they still went 37-13. However I'm going to guess the unthinkable and predict that San Antonio wins less than 50 this year. Tim Duncan anchored the middle, he's gone. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili aren't searching for the fountain of youth and their bench depth took a massive blow in the offseason. Bundle that with the possibility that all-star LaMarcus Aldridge is probably going to end up on another team before the end of the year and I think the Spurs record takes a massive nosedive from the franchise-best 67 win season from 2015-16.
Projected Record: 48-34