Entering the NBA All-Star Break, let’s look at the season’s points per game leaders so far from the San Antonio Spurs.
Through 59 games, the San Antonio Spurs sit at 35-24 and place at No. 3 in the Western Conference standings. That’s despite a three-game losing streak to close the first half of the season, with 23 games left before the NBA Playoffs start in April.
This season has provided its share of positives and negatives, including injuries that have impacted the rotation. Kawhi Leonard‘s quad ailment continues to keep him away from the court, playing in just nine regular-season games. Without him, the offensive burden was placed on LaMarcus Aldridge’s shoulders, and it shows in the stats so far.
The points per game landscape for the Spurs features Aldridge at the top, but a clustered group below him. Let’s look at it, not factoring in Leonard’s nine-game production:
- LaMarcus Aldridge: 22.4
- Rudy Gay: 11.5
- Pau Gasol: 10.7
- Patty Mills: 9.4
- Manu Ginobili: 9.3
- Danny Green: 8.8
- Tony Parker: 8.5
- Kyle Anderson: 8.2
- Bryn Forbes: 7.6
- Dejounte Murray: 7.1
- Davis Bertans: 6.3
- Joffrey Lauvergne: 4.4
No. 2 to 8 are separated by just 3.3 points per game, meaning no one removed themselves from the pack to stand out behind Aldridge. That’s potentially representative of the offensive droughts this team went through from October to February, and may continue to do so as long as Leonard and Gay miss time.
Parker’s 8.5 points per game easily mark a career-low, with the previous being his rookie season at 9.2. It’s due to him missing the first month of the season and seeing just 20.7 minutes per game, another career-low mark.
Mills and Forbes are the only players to appear in all 59 games. Their numbers may not indicate it, but both have kept some stability for the bench.
No one will touch Aldridge’s production, unless Leonard returns and plays like the MVP candidate he appeared to be nine months ago. Someone may need to step up, though, to avoid a continued downward trend after the All-Star Break. Who will it be?