Who will San Antonio Spurs play on 2017-18 Opening Night?

By Rob Wolkenbrod
San Antonio Spurs, SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25: Pau Gasol
San Antonio Spurs, SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25: Pau Gasol /

Who will the San Antonio Spurs play on Opening Night of the 2017-18 NBA season?

The San Antonio Spurs’ offseason ended in August, with the roster full and the only spots left on the Austin Spurs, the organization’s G-League team. Players were signed toward the main roster like Rudy Gay, Joffrey Lauvergne and Brandon Paul. These players will be part of the 2017-18 roster that will look to contend in the Western Conference.

There are still five weeks to go before the season starts, which gives the Spurs plenty of time to get ready for the season opener. It will be on Wednesday, Oct. 18, as San Antonio plays the Minnesota Timberwolves. This will take place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.

The Timberwolves will be an intriguing test for the Spurs. This is one of the youngest and most improved teams, if the offseason is any indication. They made a blockbuster trade for Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls and signed point guard Jeff Teague, both of whom will be upgrades in the starting lineup.

Joining Butler and Teague, Karl-Anthony Towns will step into his third NBA season. He’s already one of the league’s best big men and will be a handful for LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol.

Andrew Wiggins is back, too. He’s developed into one of the best scoring threats on the wing and will only improve with experience.

The Spurs, while not confirmed, could put out a lineup that’s similar to what was seen in the playoffs. That means Patty Mills, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Aldridge and Gasol start, while Gay, Lauvergne, Paul, Manu Ginobili, and others come off the bench.

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The 2017-18 NBA season won’t get started for a while, but the anticipation will only build. Will the Spurs pull off the win in just over one month?