The San Antonio Spurs were dominant last season and it showed as they won the NBA Finals against the “invincible” Miami Heat team in five games. After winning 62 games last season with a complete team in terms of depth, there aren’t many areas the Spurs necessarily have problems in, but there are areas they can improve in. Here are the biggest questions the San Antonio Spurs will face this upcoming season, if they can answer them they will be in position to win back to back titles.
Will Kawhi Leonard take the next step?
During the season Kawhi Leonard didn’t do anything to indicate he was on his way to be an elite player. He averaged 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds, slightly improving from his season averages the year before. Leonard was named to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team, but it’s his offense that will determine if he can be a star. In the playoffs that changed as he won Finals MVP, after scoring at least 20 points in the last three games of the NBA Finals. Will Leonard play like he did in the regular season last year or in the NBA Finals?
Did Cory Joseph Improve?
With backup point guard Patty Mills out for at least a few months, Cory Joseph will have to backup Tony Parker. Joseph is an average defender with terrific size (6″3), but there isn’t much to talk about after. Joseph struggles from the outside, as he is a career 28% three point shooter. Last year Joseph averaged 5 points and 1.7 assists in 13.8 minutes. If Joseph improved his touch it will be crucial as it can help open up his game as he can have an easier time getting to the rim and finding teammates. If not rookie Bryce Cotton will challenge him for the spot.
Does Tim Duncan Have Another Big Year in Him?
Last season Tim Duncan had a fabulous season, despite averaging just under 30 minutes. Duncan averaged 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks. At times Duncan turned the clock and looked as if he was in his prime, like in game six of the Western Conference Finals. So far in preseason Duncan looks terrific as he 37 points and 17 rebounds in two games. If Duncan plays like he did last season or nearly as well, the Spurs will have a legit shot at another title.