San Antonio Spurs Over/Under: One NBA All-Star?
The San Antonio Spurs won more than 50 games for the 16th straight season. The Spurs finished with a 55-27 record good for sixth place in the Western Conference. Unfortunately the Spurs didn’t win the Southwest Division since they lost their season finale to New Orleans.
Things will get better for the Spurs after a first round exit against the Clippers last season. The reason being LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge has made four consecutive All-Star Games and is an elite power forward. The addition of Aldridge and David West will make the Spurs favorites to win the 2016 Championship.
How many All-Stars will the Spurs have this season?
The past two seasons the Spurs have had one All-Star. Last season Duncan made the All-Star Game, while Tony Parker made it in 2013-14. The Spurs have had at least one All-Star every season since 1998-99.
Tony Parker is getting older and there is too much competition at the point guard spot.
Jan 16, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) talks withTim Duncan
(21, R) during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, and Damian Lillard are all locks for the event it seems. To make matters worst it appears that Mike Conley, Eric Bledsoe, and Ty Lawson have a better shot than Parker.
Danny Green is not an All-Star type player. Instead he’s a terrific “3-and-D” player.
Kawhi Leonard will be an All-Star for the first time in his career. Many consider Leonard the best defender in the league. The Defensive Player of the Year should improve even more offensively.
LaMarcus Aldridge has been an All-Star four straight years. He is one of the best players in the league. He has averaged at least 23 points and 10 rebounds the past two years. The 30-year old is a near lock now that he is even on a better team.
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Tim Duncan is as 50/50 as it gets when it comes to debating if a player will be an All-Star. Last year Duncan averaged 13.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2 blocks. His numbers don’t jump at someone like they used to, but his impact is on another level. The fact that the West has Antony Davis, Aldridge, DeMarcus Cousins, Marc Gasol, and Blake Griffin will make it hard for Duncan to make it.
David West was a two-time All-Star in 2008-09. The 35-year old is no longer in his prime. West averaged 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists. He is still a good player, but he won’t turn back the clock.
Aldridge and Leonard will be the Spurs two All-Stars in 2016.