The San Antonio Spurs begin their preseason play on October 8, against the Sacramento Kings. The game is at 10:00 p.m. ET and it will take place at Sleep Train Arena.
The Spurs had a terrific offseason. They won the Las Vegas Summer League Championship and they signed LaMarcus Aldridge and David West in free agency. The NBA season is three weeks away, but the preseason is around the corner.
What are some things to look for in the Spurs preseason opener versus the Kings?
–Debut of LaMarcus Aldridge and David West
The most exciting thing to look forward to in the Spurs preseason opener, is the debut of Aldridge and West. Aldridge sat out Tuesday’s practice with leg tightness. A report came out saying that Aldridge didn’t want to sit out, but Coach Gregg Popovich said “Welcome to the Spurs. Go sit.” Lets hope that Popovich lets his newly acquired star, play on Thursday. West will likely come off the bench, unless Tim Duncan or Aldridge miss the game. Look for big things from the two forwards this season.
–Jimmer Fredette Impact?
Fredette isn’t only fighting for a spot on the Spurs roster, but he might be fighting for his NBA career. The 26-year-old can shoot the ball from anywhere, but he has a few weaknesses in his game. Fredette is a below average playmaker, and he struggles to defend. Hopefully Fredette gets unleashed for the preseason opener against his old team. Maybe Fredette can show the Kings, why they will regret letting him go.
–Kyle Anderson‘s role
Kyle Anderson won the NBA Summer League MVP Award. The 22-year-old forward averaged 21 points and six rebounds in seven Las Vegas Summer League games. He was the primary reason the Spurs won the Summer League Championship. Anderson displayed more confidence than he had as a rookie last season. It will be interesting to see if the Spurs give Anderson, the backup small forward spot. The 6’9 forward is a terrific ball handler and playmaker.