The San Antonio Spurs have everyone back from last years title team and they are looking to make it back-to-back championships for the first time in franchise history. Below are a few predictions of what can happen this season for the reigning champs.
1.) Kawhi Leonard will be an all-star
Last season Kawhi Leonard averaged 12.8 points and 6 rebounds. Leonard didn’t see any plays drawn up for him, but in the playoffs he took his offense to another level. Leonard averaged 23.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in the last three games of the NBA Finals against Miami. It’s clear that Leonard got the worlds attention after performing so well in the postseason and winning Finals MVP. Expect similar play from Leonard next season.
2.) Someone Will Break the 30 Minutes Mark This Season
Last season, the Spurs were the first team in league history to not have a player on their roster average 30 minutes. Tony Parker led the team last year averaging 29.2 minutes. Leonard should be a lock to play more than 30 minutes this season, but it is possible that he is the only one to do so.
3.) Tim Duncan Will Climb All Time Lists
Tim Duncan currently ranks 11th in NBA history with 13,940 rebounds. Assuming he averages about nine, for at least 70 games, he would move into the top 10, possibly going as high as eighth depending on what Kevin Garnett does. Duncan is seventh all time in blocks, with 2,791 in his career. If he averages two per game he can catch ex-teammate David Robinson, who has 2,954.
4.) Spurs Will Contend Once Again
The Spurs will win a minimum of 50 games this season and likely finish top four in the Western Conference. With Leonard improving, the Spurs will be even more dangerous next season as they didn’t lose a piece from last years title team. Expect them to meet a hungry Oklahoma City Thunder team in the Western Conference Finals once again.