- Prediction: 45-50 wins with the potential for more, if Murray and Walker IV improve.
- Pick: No recommended bet
The bookmakers placed the regular season wins line at 45-46 wins which is pretty much where I expect the San Antonio Spurs to be. The team has a lot of depth and some solid players, but the lack of star power seems like a big issue.
Both LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan are excellent players, but are they good enough to lead the franchise to something more than a first or second round exit in the Western Conference? I think the answer is no, based on what the competition has.
The summer has been full of big moves and changes in the NBA, but the Spurs weren’t involved in any of the blockbuster trades. The team quietly re-signed Rudy Gay and added DeMarre Carroll, hoping that the returning Dejounte Murray and the other youngsters will progress this season.
Marcus Morris was expected to join the team as well, but he went to New York to play for the Knicks. Even without him, the Spurs should be better than last year. They aren’t exactly a contender for the NBA Championship or the Western Conference title, but the Southwest Division is entirely possible.
The Houston Rockets are the favorites, while many expect the Dallas Mavericks to improve dramatically. And yet, the team that should have the smoothest transition from last season are the Spurs and they have a couple of players that could help them improve dramatically.
That’s why the odds of +400 for the Spurs to win the division might be worth a shot.