The San Antonio Spurs are currently 21-15, which is good for seventh place in a difficult Western Conference. The record doesn’t come as a big surprise as the Spurs have dealt with injuries most of the season to key players.
Kawhi Leonard (bruised hand), Tony Parker (hamstring), Tiago Splitter (calf) and Patty Mills (shoulder) have all missed big portions of the season. In a loaded conference it’s difficult to expect success from a team that faces so many injuries, yet the Spurs are hanging around.
Which Spurs have a shot at the coveted all-star game in February?
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Dec 28, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) reacts during the second half against the Houston Rockets at AT&T Center. The Spurs won 110-106. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Tim Duncan has the best shot at the all-star game among all Spurs. Duncan has held the fort down while Parker and Leonard have missed time. Despite being 38-years old Duncan is putting together an impressive season. He is averaging 15.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists. It also doesn’t hurt that he is an elite defender that changes many shots, as shown in his 2.1 blocks per game. It’s hard to believe that the Spurs will have no all-star selections, which makes it likely that Duncan is in.
Chance of making 2015 NBA All-Star Game: 90%
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Nov 26, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at AT&T Center. The Spurs won 106-100. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Even if Tony Parker didn’t miss the 14 games he has missed so far, it’s difficult to say he would be an all-star selection. The West is too loaded at the guard spots (Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, James Harden), for Parker to have a shot at it. Parker is averaging 15.6 points and 5.1 assists this season. It also doesn’t help that the Spurs are a seventh seed.
Chance of making 2015 NBA All-Star Game: 25%
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Nov 11, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) looks on during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 113-100. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Kawhi Leonard was having a terrific season, until he went out with a bruised right hand. Leonard is arguably a top three small forward in the Western Conference, alongside Kevin Durant and Rudy Gay. Leonard has been an elite defender for the past few seasons, but his offense is on the rise. He is averaging 15.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2 steals. If Leonard returns to the lineup within the next week or so, he still possesses a legit shot at the game.
Chance of making 2015 NBA All-Star Game: 55%