ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh projected the San Antonio Spurs as a potential superteam for 2018.
The San Antonio Spurs arguably had the “superteam” label in the 2000’s before it became a thing, but it was all done through the NBA Draft, having Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili lead the way. Now, the Golden State Warriors own this label and don’t seem to be close to dropping it.
The chase is now on to match or top the Warriors in talent. Teams like the Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, and Oklahoma City Thunder all bulked up for a potential run at the NBA championship.
However, what if the Spurs are next in line as the NBA’s upcoming superteam? ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh outlined the future of the superteams in the Association and named potential contenders to the Warriors. San Antonio was named the “runner-up.”
Haberstroh named San Antonio the named the “runner-up.” He looked at how the team could lure big names in the 2018 offseason, with the possibility of $54 million in cap space open. That’s with LaMarcus Aldridge, Danny Green, and Rudy Gay’s contracts off the books after the 2017-18 season, all of whom have player options. Haberstroh included the Spurs using the stretch provision on Pau Gasol, who’s fresh off a new contract.
So, for the Spurs to get the chance to bring in top-tier free agents, they would need a handful of things to go their way next offseason. That’s if they even desire to land these big names, as making headline-worthy offseason additions has been a rarity for San Antonio, with the exception of Aldridge in 2015.
Maybe this Spurs team becomes good enough to challenge the 2017-18 version of the Warriors. There was a 20-plus point lead in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals before Kawhi Leonard got hurt. What if that never happened? How about if Tony Parker never tore his quad?
Whether it’s the Spurs or another team, there will be organizations trying to take down the Warriors with their own superteam. Are we anywhere close to that happening?