2009-10 San Antonio Spurs Predictions
by Justin Johnson - 10/24/2009
2008-09 Record: 54-28
Home: 17-23-1 Away: 23-17-1
Home: 21-19-1 Away: 18-22-1
Projected Starting Five: PG, Tony Parker. SG, Manu Ginobili. SF, Richard Jefferson. PF, Tim Duncan. C, Antonio McDyess.
Breakdown: Every year is the theoretical last year of the Spurs run, and every year they are right back in the thick of the Western Conference.
This year, however, is different. The Spurs are still a hardened team with Tony Parker and Tim Duncan as the stalwarts, but the health of Manu Ginobili combined with it being a contract year and the addition of Richard Jefferson adds a new dimension to the attack.
Parker, now a nine-year veteran, took another step forward last season leading the team with 22 points per game and shooting better than 50 percent. No longer consistently in Gregg Popovich's doghouse, Parker is one of the best, and underrated, point guards in the league.
Adding to the offense will be 29-year old Richard Jefferson. This is about the biggest change one could have made from elder statesman and defensive-specialist Bruce Bowen to a 20-point per game average of Jefferson. This addition gives the Spurs a reliable scoring threat to lighten the load for the key cogs of the team.
Ginobili, with the addition of Jefferson, should be able to stay healthy and limit his minutes until they are needed. He may actually prove to be better coming off the bench if the Spurs can find a solid replacement to start.
Tim Duncan is the lone holdover from the David Robinson days and has been as consistent as he is boring on the court. Duncan does not wow you with his athletic moves, but is year in and year out one of the best players in the league. A double-double average is a given for The Big Fundamental.
The main question mark will be at center where the Spurs have long used a rotation of sub-par players since The Admiral left town. This year it could be two dramatically different players vying for time in the front court. Veteran Antonio McDyess is likely to start the season as the fifth man on the floor but he will see increased pressure from rookie DeJuan Blair. Blair, at only 6-foot-7, has a lot of Ben Wallace in him defensively but has more than his fair share of offensive moves and could see his playing time increase.
San Antonio Spurs Predictions: The Spurs will once again be a contender in the West. The coaching staff and roster rarely sees much turnover and it has led them to be a solid franchise. A 50-win season is almost expected from the Spurs and this year those same expectations are present and even pushing 60 wins could be possible. The division has not caught up to the Spurs yet but the Hornets are close. The Western Conference playoffs are always tough but the Spurs could be in the finals again in 09-10.
Futures consideration - BetUS
The Spurs have been a model of consistency in the recent past and their window may be closing. However, this year it is still wide open. A +500 bet to win the West does present moderate value, but if the play is to be made it might as well be the +900 to win the NBA title.
While Parker, Duncan and now Jefferson can all be stars they are all selfless enough to play within their game and make decisions for the good of the team. All, individually, could be serious MVP candidates but for another shot at a ring all numbers could dip and cancel the play out for the award.
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