San Antonio Spurs 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
San Antonio Spurs 2016 Preview
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The San Antonio Spurs continue to be the most consistent franchise in sports and haven’t missed the playoffs since the 1996-97 season. No matter what happens with the roster, as long as Gregg Popovich is coaching, the Spurs are in good hands.
Can the Spurs make yet another run for an NBA title?
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Here is your San Antonio Spurs 2016 preview.
Key Player Losses: Even at 40 years old, Tim Duncan was a productive player who could still provide a solid 20 minutes. He was also a leader in the locker room. Duncan retires as the Spurs all time leader in games played, total rebounds, points and blocks. The Spurs watch David West leave after the one-year experiment didn’t quite work and one of the best passing big men in Boris Diaw bolts after four seasons. Also, fan favorite Boban Marjanovic goes to Detroit after one-year of shooting 60 percent from the field.
Key Player Additions: The Spurs were able to replace Duncan with Pau Gasol, somebody who has been a double-digit scorer his whole career and is coming off back-to-back double-digit rebounding seasons. Gasol is still highly effective for somebody who just turned 36 and will fit in nicely with the Spurs system. San Antonio is also the latest team to take a flyer on David Lee, a 33-year-old who has lost a lot of steps but is still capable of helping out on the glass.
Draft: The Spurs spent their first round pick on Washington point guard Dejounte Murray. He has a ways to go with his shot and can improve his turnover margin, but Murray is only 19 years old and has a lot of upside. He’ll backup Tony Parker and Patty Mills, and he should see some playing time with the way Pop likes to rest his starters often.
Outlook: Expectations won’t change for the Spurs until they either make a coaching change or lose majority of their key roster. The Spurs are as well coached as any team in the league and still has a solid foundation ed by LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard, and Gasol. Yes, the Spurs guard depth has lost a step or two, but nobody ever counts out this team. The Spurs are still a threat to win an NBA title this season.