The Spurs finished with a record of 55-27 last season. That was good enough for the 6th seed in the Western Conference (2nd if they played in the East). They were to play the 3rd seeded Los Angeles Clippers. This series was a tough series that went all the way to Game 7. The Clippers took Game 7, eliminating the Spurs. Next up was the offseason for the Spurs.
Everyone is returning. Not everyone, I’m talking about the core old guys, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan. Tiago Splitter was traded to the Hawks for the draft rights to Georgios Printezis and a protected 2017 second round pick. Cory Joseph is now playing for his hometown Toronto Raptors. Marco Belinelli signed with the Sacramento Kings and Aron Baynes got a high contract from the Detroit Pistons that he couldn’t refuse.
Now, it may sound like bad news but let’s look at some key additions. The Spurs signed Jimmer Fredette and if anyone can turn his career around, it’s the San Antonio Spurs. They signed veteran forward, David West, to a steal of a contract. He averaged 11.7ppg, 6.8rpg, and 3.4apg for the Indiana Pacers last season. This was a great signing. The last big name they signed was this guy named LaMarcus Aldridge. Ever heard of him? He averaged 23.4ppg, 10.2rpg, and 1.0bpg while shooting .466% from the field and .352% from the 3pt line. He struggled a bit, shooting wise, in the playoffs but still put up 21.8ppg, 11.2rpg, and 2.4bpg while shooting .330% from the field and .273% from the 3pt line. This was the best signing of the offseason. A potential starting lineup of Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Tim Duncan is a scary one if you are one of the 29 other remaining teams. The Spurs are trending upwards very easily and I have them ranked #2 coming into the new season.