What can San Antonio Spurs fans hope to see in the NBA preseason?
The NBA preseason is often nothing to write home about. Fans might see the star(s) of their team play one quarter of one exhibition game while the majority will be bench players and those trying to make the roster. The same will be expected from this year’s San Antonio Spurs team when they hit the floor for the first time in October.
The Spurs begin exhibition play on Oct. 2 when they head to Sacramento to take on the Kings followed by a home match-up on the 6th. The Spurs will stay home for their next two games against the Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic on Oct. 8 and 10. Finally, San Antonio will head back on the road to face Chris Paul, James Harden, and the Houston Rockets. This game will be nationally televised on TNT.
Spurs’ fans should not expect to see much of Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Manu Ginobili, Pau Gasol, Danny Green, or Tony Parker, who is sidelined until January. Instead, fans will most likely get heavy doses of Dejounte Murray, Patty Mills, Bryn Forbes, Kyle Anderson, and Davis Bertans. The preseason will also provide a first look at newcomers Rudy Gay, Brandon Paul, Darrun Hilliard, Joffrey Lauvergne, London Perrantes, and Matt Costello. The preseason will also mark the debut of rookie Derrick White. White will be expected to make an impact on this team early with Parker injured.
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While preseason games will be filled with unfamiliar faces, it will be nice for fans everywhere to see some organized basketball for the first time since last year’s NBA Finals. After their five exhibition games, the Spurs will get ready for their regular season opener against Jimmy Butler, Karl Anthony-Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.