After getting off to a slow start to begin the season, the San Antonio Spurs found a way to make the playoffs for the mind-blowing 22nd consecutive season. This incredible display of continuity is just another tribute to the effectives of the organization that just continues to make the most out of their roster. That being said, head coach Greg Popovich does not envision the streak ending anytime soon, but after all of the moving parts of this offseason the western conference may be deeper and more competitive than it’s ever been. However, the Spurs will yet again look to approve that organizational stability and sound fundamental basketball can win just as much as talent, and the formula certainly hasn’t failed them yet.
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In order to keep pace with the rest of league, the Spurs will look to production from across their whole roster. This starts with their two all-stars, Demar Derozan and LaMarcus Aldridge, as they will be expected to provide consistent effort while the young players around them continue to grow. What’s interesting about this duo is that they do most of their damage from the mid-range area despite the league leaving that area of the game behind in favor of the more analytically-friendly 3-point shot. While the numbers are not as efficient, Derozan and Aldridge still have success as they pose as a threat that’s different from every other team in NBA, and this differentiation can put their opponents in uncomfortable situations as they spend very minimal time defending against these types of players.
While Derozan and Aldridge definitely have a throwback type of game, that is not the case when it comes to their young backcourt. Derrick White is coming off of a breakout season during his sophomore campaign, and he put the exclamation point on his success when he put up 36 points against the Denver Nuggets during the first round of the playoffs. Alongside him will be Dejounte Murray, who missed all of last season due to injury, but had a similar type of breakout year in 2018. If they put the pieces together, White and Murray could form one of the more dynamic young backcourts in the NBA and could establish themselves as the future of the team going forward.
As for the rest of the San Antonio roster, it is a mix of both young players trying to cement themselves as NBA players and veterans that are past the primes of their careers. Lonnie Walker IV will look to provide extra depth at the point guard position after he missed most of his rookie season, but his play in summer league has raised hopes that he can be an immediate contributor for the team. Patty Mills is also still a Spur, and his championship experience will be valuable when mentoring the younger guards on the roster. DeMarre Carroll and Rudy Gay are in the twilights of their careers, but they have still proven to be valuable rotation pieces given their effort and experience.