The San Antonio Spurs averaged 103.2 points a game last season, good for seventh in the NBA. The Spurs were third in the league in field goal percentage (47%). As a result of these terrific numbers, the Spurs went 55-27. Unfortunately the Spurs finished in sixth place in the Western Conference after losing their season finale to New Orleans.
The Spurs went on to lose to the Los Angeles Clippers in a terrific seven game first-round series.
Why the Spurs won’t average more than 103.2 points?
Only six teams in the league averaged more than that. Most of those teams are younger than the Spurs and
April 22, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forwardTim Duncan
(21) controls the ball against Los Angeles Clippers centerDeAndre Jordan
(6) during the first half in game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
play at a quicker pace. Golden State, Clippers, Dallas, Toronto, Oklahoma City, and Houston love to run and gun. They all attempted more threes than San Antonio which explains why they averaged slightly more points.
Coach Gregg Popovich tends to rest the older players such as Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. When key players rest their averages will likely dip, as role players such as Ray McCallum and Kyle Anderson will be asked to play significant minutes.
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Why the Spurs will average more than 103.2 points?
The Spurs have an incredibly talented roster. Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard will be asked to take over games when the Spurs are in trouble. The trio of Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili turn back the clock once a while. I haven’t even mentioned Danny Green, West, Boris Diaw, and Patty Mills.
There is no reason to believe the Spurs won’t an elite offense. The addition of 23 point scorer Aldridge alone will bolster the offense significantly.
The Spurs will average 104.8 points making them a top-5 offense. They will shoot around 47% from the field once again. Expect big seasons from Aldridge and Leonard.