While the NBA is still a month away, San Antonio Spurs fans can already benefit from a very busy and productive offseason. With the newly improved Spurs yet to be seen, we can already expect great things from them in their season opener. All of it, of course, starting with the new big man in town, LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge will automatically become a huge spark in our new reinvigorated offense. It has been a while since we’ve seen a player of that caliber pair up with Duncan to dominate the paint. Well in fact, the last player to do that was two-time NBA Champion, The Admiral David Robinson.
Like Robinson, Aldridge definitely brings back that superior post presence that Duncan needs now more than ever since Splitters departure. With Aldridge taking up the power forward position and Duncan sliding to center, we will probably witness one of the best post combos in the Western Conference—perhaps in the whole NBA.
Sports Illustrated recently released their top 100 players to watch in 2016, featuring Duncan and LaMarcus in back-to-back top-20 spots. That basically solidifies their threat to the rest of the NBA. If that wasn’t scary enough, right ahead of them at #10 was 2014’s Finals MVP and 2015 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard. Adding Leonard in the mix gives the Spurs without a doubt what could very well be the best frontcourt in the whole NBA.
Don’t believe me? Well let’s take a closer look at this. Leonard has come a long way since being drafted by the Pacers in the 2011 NBA draft. In just 4 years, Leonard has single handedly stopped Lebron in his tracks to 3-peating and basically forcing him out of Miami. Well, that might be taking it a little bit too far, but it definitely seems like it after the 2014 NBA Finals. He had been that missing piece the Spurs needed to get back to the Finals and has honestly been a godsend for San Antonio.
After the Spurs incredible run in 2013 and 2014, they came short last year with a first round exit, compliments of the Los Angeles Clippers. Regardless of coming up short though, the Spurs already have one of the best teams in the Western Conference. I mean give Chris Paul credit for making that tough layup to seal the win in last year’s playoffs, but if it wasn’t for that, I think the Spurs would’ve been able to accomplish probably the one thing that has been missing from their list of achievements; back to back titles.
Now as they currently stand after their best offseason ever in NBA history, they now have formed, believe it or not, an even deeper threat to the defending champions Golden State. This is where the best frontcourt in the NBA right now comes into play. It might just be my biased opinion but if you think about it I can’t think of another team that reaches their potential as far as the front court is concerned.
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With Leonard’s defensive ability combined with his ridiculous wingspan, he is the perfect player to pair up with Aldridge and Duncan. He already has the perfect chemistry with Duncan, and adding Aldridge to the mix can and will become a huge dynamic shift for the Spurs. How can you not be excited about that?
I honestly can’t wait to see what the big man has in store for us, but since the season is still a month away, I can always take pleasure in knowing the Spurs are in good hands thanks to the best frontcourt in the NBA.