Dec 3, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; San Antonio Spurs forwardTim Duncan
(21), guardTony Parker
(9) and guardManu Ginobili
(20) look on from the bench during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Spurs 95-93.Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
The San Antonio Spurs are expected to win it all, at least that’s what most people in San Antonio are thinking. Adding LaMarcus Aldridge and David West in the offseason will only improve the Spurs chances of winning it all. Yes, I know the Spurs already had a realistic shot of winning it before these key pickups.
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Below are some predictions for the regular season:
Team MVP: Kawhi Leonard
Apr 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers forwardMatt Barnes
(22) in game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. The Spurs defeated the Clippers 111-107 to take a 3-2 lead. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kawhi Leonard is ready for a bigger role. Last season, the Defensive Player of the Year averaged 16.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.3 steals. Leonard is without question the Spurs best two-way player on the roster. He is a lockdown defender, who is capable of going for 20 points on any given night. Expect Leonard to average in the range of 20 points even with Aldridge in town.
Leading Scorer: LaMarcus Aldridge
Apr 15, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks centerTyson Chandler
(6) guards Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Trail Blazers 114-98. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Aldridge is one of the most dominant offensive players in the NBA. Aldridge is coming off a season in which he averaged 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds. He is the only NBA player to have consecutive seasons of at least 23 points and 10 rebounds. Aldridge is dominant with his midrange game and craftiness around the basket. The Spurs will be the most complete team that Aldridge has ever been on, but that won’t stop him from putting up a minimal 20 points per game.
Breakout Candidate: Kyle Anderson
Jul 11, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forwardCleanthony Early
(17) dribbles the ball against the defense of San Antonio Spurs guard Kyle Anderson (1) during an NBA Summer League game at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Anderson is ready for a bigger role than he had in his rookie season. At least it appears that way. Anderson averaged 21 points and 6 rebounds in the Las Vegas Summer League. He won Summer League MVP and led the Spurs to a title win. I know, what more can you ask for from “Slo-Mo”? The 20-year old point-forward is very skilled. Despite being 6’9, he is a terrific ball-handler and passer. If he keeps working on his shooting range, he will be a special player. Expect Anderson to put up near double-digits scoring, if the Spurs give him some quality bench minutes.
Predicted Record: 58-24
The Spurs will finish with a top-4 record in the Western Conference. Their title quest will begin with a difficult first round matchup against someone like Memphis or New Orleans.