The San Antonio Spurs slotted in at No. 13 in ESPN’s NBA League Pass Rankings.
Previews of the 2017-18 NBA season are almost complete, as the first games start on Tuesday, Oct. 17. ESPN has been at the forefront of the season preview, with predictions and projections for teams. This includes Zach Lowe’s annual League Pass Rankings. This ranks teams on zeitgeist, highlight production, style, League Pass minutia, and unintentional comedy.
The San Antonio Spurs are in Part 2 of the League Pass Rankings, so they were placed in the top-15 teams. Lowe ranked them No. 13, one spot ahead of the Miami Heat and one below the Sacramento Kings.
Lowe says the Spurs look boring, again, and notes Aldridge as a reason for this. It’s from his high percent of post-ups and the team’s abundance of midrange shots.
However, Lowe notes potentially entertaining quotes from Gregg Popovich, the Spurs running circles around “low-IQ Eastern Conference mediocrity,” and the play of Kawhi Leonard as reasons to watch the Spurs on League Pass. The East could be terrible this season, so he has a point.
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Finally, there’s this being a “pivotal year” for the Spurs, with all of their potential free agents in the 2018 offseason. Lowe thinks this could be a different team next year, if they can’t get close to the Golden State Warriors.
No. 13 isn’t a low rank by any means, as the Silver and Black offer entertaining aspects for fans to watch for. Plus, as long as Leonard remains one of the NBA’s best players, he alone may be able to get fans to tune-in.
The 2018-19 ranking will be interesting, however. With Aldridge, Danny Green, Rudy Gay, Joffrey Lauvergne and Tony Parker all potential free agents by July 1, 2018, the core could look different and provide reasons to watch (or not) the Spurs. That’s a full 82 games and playoffs to go, though, before any judgment can be made.
Did the Spurs rank properly in the League Pass Rankings? If not, where do they belong among the 30 teams?