San Antonio Spurs: NBA GMs rank SAS third in Western Conference

By Rob Wolkenbrod
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 8: LaMarcus Aldridge /

The NBA revealed its General Manager Survey for the 2017-18 season. Where do they think the San Antonio Spurs place in the Western Conference?

On Wednesday, the NBA released its General Manager Survey for the 2017-18 season. GMs were asked 47 questions that involved the best teams, players, coaches, placement in the standings, and more. Some of the questions involved the San Antonio Spurs.

One question had the NBA GMs rank the top four teams in the Western Conference. Six teams received a vote, including the Spurs. However, they slotted third (20 percent), with the Golden State Warriors (39 percent) and Houston Rockets (23 percent) ahead of them. Besides Golden State, San Antonio was the only other team to receive a first-place vote.

This was how the rankings looked for the West:

  1. Golden State Warriors (39 percent)
  2. Houston Rockets (23 percent)
  3. San Antonio Spurs (20 percent)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder (16 percent)
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves (2 percent)
  6. Portland Trail Blazers (0 percent; they received four percent of fourth-place votes)

The Rockets were a popular pick to finish second in the offseason, with ESPN ranking them No. 2 in the Western Conference for the 2017-18 season. They notably acquired Chris Paul in a blockbuster trade, signed PJ Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute, and still have James Harden around on a mega extension. Along with Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson, Trevor Ariza, Nene, Clint Capela and Zhou Qi, this should be a team that contends in the West.

The Spurs offseason was compared and contrasted to what the Rockets did, along with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves. Their “quiet” moves — signing Rudy Gay, Joffrey Lauvergne and Brandon Paul — didn’t make for the flashy headlines that Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Jimmy Butler made. A similar roster from 2016-17’s 61-win season returned, though, with Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Danny Green and others. So everything will not look different, but does that mean it put them behind other West teams?

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The standings predictions will soon cease when the regular season starts. Where will the Spurs finish in the West?