NBA Team Preview: San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs, once the gold standard in the NBA, has fallen on some tough times of late. Gregg Popovich is still the man in charge of this organization, but he just hasn’t been able to find enough talent since some Hall of Fame players retired.
Competing in the Western Conference has been a challenge for San Antonio as well since several teams in that conference have spent a ton of money. The Spurs are never going to be a team that acquires expensive players, but they just don’t have the talent to win fundamentally anymore.
San Antonio is currently going through a bit of a rebuild with the roster, but that didn’t stop them from seeking out veterans in free agency. The Spurs were able to land both Doug McDermott and Thaddeus Young this offseason, and each player should see a ton of minutes for San Antonio.
McDermott continues to be one of the best shooters in the league, and he will stretch the floor for the Spurs. Young is a proven big man that will provide some interior scoring while also being one of the leaders of the team.
The Spurs lost a lot of talent in the offseason, and they also lost some players that have been important to this organization. The most notable loss is point guard Patty Mills who left the team to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.
Mills has been one of the leaders of this franchise and Popovich has leaned on the veteran guard to provide a ton. Outside of his scoring ability, it was Mills that set the tone on offense.
San Antonio will also be without Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan this season after both players left in free agency. Both Gay and DeRozan weren’t willing to stick around during the rebuild, but it’s going to take away two players that could really score the basketball.
Dejounte Murray enters 2021 as the most important player on the Spurs roster and he is also the best scoring option that they have. Murray put up 15.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game a season ago, but he will be asked to do even more than that in 2021-22.
Derrick White has had an interesting start to his career in San Antonio, but he is someone that the Spurs believe they can count on. White was one of the best players during the playoffs a few seasons ago for San Antonio, but injuries have derailed him a bit.
There are some other interesting young pieces on the roster for San Antonio, but Young and McDermott could also prove to be key pieces for this team. At the very least, the two veterans could play their way into a trade that would net the Spurs some young talent or draft picks in return.
Online Sports Betting San Antonio Spurs
The NBA betting lines for the San Antonio Spurs have the over/under set at just 29.5 wins this season. This would be one of the lowest marks in the entire league, and would undoubtedly keep San Antonio from being a playoff contender.
The one positive for San Antonio is that the Southwest Division is one of the weaker leagues in the NBA. San Antonio has NBA betting lines set at just +1300 to win the Southwest, but they could surprise and get back into the mix.
The Spurs are listed at +8500 to win the Western Conference, which is the 11th best odds at this time. Online sports betting odds for the Spurs don’t give them much hope, but this franchise has been known to pull off some surprises.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.