When it comes to consistency, no team in all of sports does it better than the San Antonio Spurs. Since 1990, the Spurs have missed the playoffs just once. That is really crazy to think about but you have to give credit to the franchise for always tuning the roster at the right time without missing a single beat. 2018-2019 […]
When it comes to consistency, no team in all of sports does it better than the San Antonio Spurs. Since 1990, the Spurs have missed the playoffs just once. That is really crazy to think about but you have to give credit to the franchise for always tuning the roster at the right time without missing a single beat.
2018-2019 was another year of consistency as the team went 48-34, placing 7th in the conference. They ended up losing to the Denver Nuggets in an exciting seven-game series but still another positive season for the franchise. Of course, the big news for the team last season was that they traded away superstar Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Pöltl. While it looks as though the Raptors won that trade, DeRozan and Pöltl are still on the roster and look to be building blocks for the future of the franchise. On top of that, they have a lot of young players and LaMarcus Aldridge, looking like they’ll be competitive once again.
Let’s see what the roster holds heading into the season.
- Patty Mills
- Dejounte Murray
- Derrick White
Murray developed into a solid young defender with a bright future in San Antonio. A torn ACL in the 2018 preseason, unfortunately, ended his 2018-2019 season before it even began. He recently signed a four-year, $64 million extension, so it is clear San Antonio is still very high on him. White is another young player that will look improve greatly in his third season after averaging 9.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.0 steals a game. Mills heads into his 9th season in San Antonio and has established himself as one of the better role players in the NBA.
Murray and White have a bright future and look to be the next in line when it comes to greatest Spurs’ players while Mills is a great veteran to have. A solid group of PGs here.
- Marco Belinelli
- DeMar DeRozan
- Bryn Forbes
- Lonnie Walker IV
- Quinndary Weatherspoon *Two-Way
You have to feel for DeRozan, who saw his former team win a title the season after they traded him away. Despite that, he had a solid first season in a Spurs uniform, averaging 21.2 points a game to go along with a career-high 6.0 rebounds and 6.2 assists. He re-signed with the team to a huge 5-year, $130 million contract, so it is clear the team is very high on him going forward. Belinelli has bounced around the league and is a solid three-point shooter that’ll one of the main bench players. Forbes and Walker IV return to the team that’ll compete for backup minutes at either guard and sometimes small forward spots. Weatherspoon was the team’s second-round pick in 2019 and signed a two-way deal to continue his development while and his roster spot won’t count against the 15-man set.
- DeMarre Carroll
- Rudy Gay
- Keldon Johnson
Gay and Carroll are the two veterans that lead this group. Gay is still a solid scorer that’ll look to come off the bench while Carroll signed with the Spurs and is a solid two-way player. Johnson was the team first-round pick in 2019 and much like past Spurs rookies, he’ll get his playing time but it may be limited until the team feels he is ready to take on a bigger role.
- LaMarcus Aldridge
- Drew Eubanks *Two-Way
- Trey Lyles
- Chimezie Metu
- Luka Šamanić
Aldridge has had a solid tenure with San Antonio, earning three All-Star nods while being selected to two All-NBA Teams during his stint. He’ll be the leader of this group and is still a nightly threat to drop 20 a night. Šamanić was the team other first-round pick next to Keldon Johnson that’ll look to earn minutes right away. Lyles signed with the team to provide depth at the power forward spot while Metu is a second-year player looking to earn a bigger role this time around. Eubanks will bounce between the main roster and G League Austin Spurs to develop his craft.
- Jakob Pöltl
The only true center the Spurs have is Pöltl, who was also acquired in the Kawhi Leonard trade with the Toronto Raptors. At 24, he still has a lot of potential to be a big-time player in San Antonio and will look to start from day one.
The legend himself in Gregg Poppovich heads into his 24th season as the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs. A 1,245-525 record to go along with five NBA titles, the resume speaks for himself. Despite legends and All-Stars moving on, Pop continuously gets the best out of his lineup every night. The case can be said once again this season. He is a future Hall of Famer that is one of the best coaches in the modern era.
Projected Lineup/Roster Cuts
- PG: Dejounte Murray
- PG/SG: Derrick White
- SG/SF: DeMar DeRozan
- PF: LaMarcus Aldridge
- C: Jakob Pöltl
- Sixth Man: Patty Mills
- Key Role Players: Rudy Gay, DeMarre Carroll, Lonnie Walker IV, Trey Lyles, Marco Belinelli
- Rest of the Bench: Bryn Forbes, Chimezie Metu, Luka Šamanić, Keldon Johnson
- Two-Way Players: Drew Eubanks, Quinndary Weatherspoon
- Roster Cuts: Dedric Lawson, Daulton Hommes
A combination of young players and veterans look to be the Spurs roster, which has been the case for years now. While we know what to expect from guys like DeRozan, Aldridge, and Mills, for example, it’ll be interesting to see how guys like Murray and White will improve with another offseason under their belt.
The San Antonio Spurs may not have that one huge superstar but they have always found a way to make the playoffs. I think the same can happen this year but it’ll be a lot tougher with a lot of other teams on the rise. They’ll be fighting for a lower seed in the West but never count out Poppovich and his crew when it comes to the playoffs.