The San Antonio Spurs went 55-27 last season. They didn’t win the Southwest Division for the first time since 2010. Instead of winning the division by beating New Orleans in the season finale, they lost causing them to finish sixth in the Western Conference. The Spurs took on the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round, losing in seven games.
This season the Spurs will have some stiff competition in the conference.
Feb 23, 2015; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; San Antonio Spurs forwardKawhi Leonard
(2) dribbles the ball as Utah Jazz guardRodney Hood
(5) defends during the first half at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Durant will be healthy entering the 2015-16 season, which means the Thunder will go back to contending. The Clippers added Paul Pierce, Josh Smith, Lance Stephenson, and Wesley Johnson. All of a sudden the Clippers have a bench. The Rockets added Ty Lawson to an already loaded roster. The Grizzlies have brought back everyone important. One can’t forget the Pelicans who ruined the Spurs chances of winning the division last season. The Pelicans have a great player in Anthony Davis and some good pieces in Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday.
Over/Under 55 wins?
The Spurs added LaMarcus Aldridge and David West in the offseason. Kawhi Leonard is turning into a star and Kyle Anderson looked sharp all summer. The Spurs did lose Tiago Splitter, Marco Belinelli, Aron Baynes, and Cory Joseph. However they did add Jonathon Simmons, Ray McCallum, and Jimmer Fredette.
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The Spurs do have more competition this season with many of the elite teams improving. The thing is, the Spurs have improved a lot. Adding a four-time NBA All-Star in Aldridge, who has averaged at least 23 points and 10 rebounds in the past two seasons will make them a favorite.
West will improve the Spurs bench. The Spurs hope to get production from a healthier Patty Mills as well. Boris Diaw will be called to play multiple positions off the bench.
The Spurs have as talented of a roster as they’ve had in a long time.