The San Antonio Spurs got off to a very good start of the season before sliding all the way back due to Tony Parker’s and Kawhi Leonard’s nagging injuries that have kept them on the shelf for a very long time, and things aren’t looking quite good for Popovich’s squad.
The Western Conference is pretty much a war right now and the Spurs can’t afford to fall back in the standings, even if we’re just talking about the first couple of weeks into this year’s NBA regular season.
Of course, if anybody can turn this team around and get them back to the top of the basketball world, that’s Gregg Popovich and his master basketball mind, but it seems like it’s going to take a while before that happens, even when Parker and Leonard go back to the hardwood.
So, that’s why today we’re going to let you know the 5 reasons why the San Antonio Spurs are going to disappoint us this year, but don’t worry, Spurs fans; Popovich will find the answer and they’ll come back stronger than ever.
5. Are The Spur Too Old?
The Spurs are the second oldest team in the Association (28.5 years), trailing just the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers (29.6 years) in that regard, and even though you definitely need the experience to thrive in this league, tired legs and injuries are going to take a major toll on this team’s chances in the NBA Playoffs even despite Pop’s great rotations.
4. Poor Offense - 99 Problems
San Antonio has always shown a great display on the offensive end, but considering how much their system change in favor of Kawhi Leonard the past couple of seasons, that’s nowhere near true when the Klaw’s not on the floor, being one of the main reasons why they’ve struggled so mightily so far.
See, with Leonard off the court, the Spurs currently have the 26th worst offensive efficiency on the floor with only 99.9 points per game, and they proved that during their latest mediocre blowout against the Golden State Warriors at home.
3. Is Kawhi Leonard Injury Prone Player?
Kawhi Leonard is pretty much the best two way player in the National Basketball Association, being a yearly frontrunner to take home both the Defensive Player of the Year and the Most Valuable Player award, but he’s never been able to play throughout the full 82 games of an NBA season.
Leonard’s been injury prone through his young and successful career and we don’t know how he’ll come back from this quad injury that’s keep him in the bleachers for a very long time now, nor if this will be the last injury he’ll suffer during this campaign.
2. LaMarcus Aldridge And Isolation Play
Popovich himself admitted that he made a mistake when he tried to make Aldridge a different player, as the former Blazer needs to have a lot of touches to get offensive flow and be a prolific scorer, something that’s not going to happen once Kawhi Leonard’s able to go back to action as the team’s go-to guy.
Now, this team runs a lot of isolation sets, both for Leonard and especially for Aldridge, stopping their signature offensive flow. Today, San Antonio ranks 18th in the league with just 21.7 assists per game, while they used to average over 24.5 dimes per contest during their last Championship run.
1. Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are just unfair and mean, and the league should just give them the trophy already. As a matter of fact, they proved it during their last outing, when they were behind for most of the game and were trailing for as much as 19 points before opening a late 20 point lead, outscoring San Antonio with great ease by 39 points.
Of course, the Spurs (besides Memphis) are the only team that can arguably stop them and they were even beating them in the playoffs before Leonard fell down with an injury, but we just don’t seem anyone capable of defeating a team featuring the best 3 shooters in the league and a defensive standout like Draymond Green.