The San Antonio Spurs placed in the middle of the pack for David Aldridge of NBA.com’s offseason ranking.
David Aldridge of NBA.com released his official ranking of the 2017 offseason. He placed all 30 teams in order and in three groups: Top 10, Middle, and Bottom. This included the San Antonio Spurs, who placed at No. 15.
At No. 15, the Spurs were grouped in the Middle section. Aldridge noted the challenges the team will have to contend against the Golden State Warriors, which begins with Rudy Gay’s recovery from an Achilles rupture. The potential small-ball lineup the team can put out with Gay, Kawhi Leonard, and others were seen as a bright spot by the TNT analyst.
Aldridge also brought up the changes on the bench. Dewayne Dedmon and Jonathan Simmons are gone, with Brandon Paul, Bryn Forbes, Davis Bertans, Kyle Anderson, and either Dejounte Murray or Patty Mills as the main players off the pine.
To finish it off, there’s Tony Parker’s health. Other than that, Aldridge thinks the Spurs will be back for another 50-60 win season in 2017-18.
The Spurs finished below a handful of Western Conference foes for their offseason. This is the top 14 that are ahead of San Antonio:
- Golden State Warriors
- Boston Celtics
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Houston Rockets
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- Denver Nuggets
- Sacramento Kings
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Toronto Raptors
- Orlando Magix
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Miami Heat
- Washington Wizards
It’s not the first time this month that the Spurs’ offseason was knocked down a peg or two. ESPN projected them to finish third in the Western Conference behind the Rockets and Warriors in real plus-minus (RPM).
For now, there will be projections and rankings before the 2017-18 NBA season starts. Once things get underway, then everyone should get a better look at what this Spurs team will offer in for the upcoming campaign.