The San Antonio Spurs started the 2016-17 campaign asking a couple of questions. Who will replace the great Tim Duncan in the starting lineup? Can Kawhi Leonard cope with being the Spurs leader?
Coming off a season where the Spurs set a franchise record in wins (67) and a home record of 40-1, eyes were definitely going to be on how San Antonio will start the season. Winning has become the norm for San Antonio over the recent years. Each season they have battled at the top of the Western Conference as one of the elite teams.
Through 31 games this season, the Spurs have won 25. What started off promising with an opening day win against the Golden State Warriors, the Spurs look to not only have the pieces to take down the ‘super-team’ but others in the NBA.
During that game, San Antonio showed they had players of their own. Though they may not be the marquee type of the Warriors trio, they went out and played the game the way the Spurs know how, trusting one another.
Since that opening day win, the Spurs have already made some headlines. Starting with their 12-0 start on the road, San Antonio has also had multiple win streaks during the first 28 games.
They have had streaks of nine straight as well as their current, five heading into their game against the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night.
Replacing Duncan in the starting lineup was not going to be an easy task to but Pau Gasol has filled it nicely in his first season with San Antonio. Averaging 11.8 points per game and 7.9 rebounds, Gasol is not the most agile big-man but he does help stretch the defense out leaving room for Kawhi Leonard to do his job.
We know the bulk of the scoring will come from Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, so outside of the duo what has been impressive in the Spurs start thus far?