It might still be early, but there's plenty to love about the young, new-look San Antonio Spurs. While it hasn't yet translated to wins against stiff competition, there have been developing trends that show there's plenty of potential with this group.
The Spurs hung tough for both games in their back-to-back set against two of the best teams in the league in Denver and Milwaukee. With the early stretch not getting much easier, they'll need some positive trends to keep progressing if they want to avoid falling too far below .500 so quickly in the season.
Before jumping into the numbers, the first positive trend I wanted to address deals with the overall feel and attitude of this season's squad.
1. The San Antonio Spurs are back to having fun
Despite there being an everlasting attempt to label the Spurs boring no matter what's happening on the court, the fact is they're far from that this season. From the attacking, screaming Keldon Johnson to Dejounte Murray pushing the pace to Derrick White drawing charges at half-court, there's always entertaining basketball happening with this group.
The off-court chemistry has been evident since the offseason, with several members of the team attending different events around town together and bonding. "They enjoy each other," said Popovich on Spurs Media Day. "It's exciting to me."
Despite some new faces on the court, the team's chemistry has been evident on both ends of the floor. Guys are sharing the ball well on offense while covering up for each other's mistakes on defense, which has kept San Antonio in the mix even in losses.
It's hard to produce great results when you aren't enjoying what you're doing. These Spurs certainly don't have that problem.