Areas Of Strength
The Spurs are relatively solid in many areas, but their collection of guards stand out. This is assuming, of course, that Dejounte Murray returns healthy after missing all last season with a knee injury. Murray joins DeMar DeRozan, Patty Mills, Derrick White and Bryn Forbes to form a fine mix of youth and veterans.
The de-emphasis of the power position since Tim Duncan’s retirement was perhaps a good decision. That’s because the Spurs haven’t found a true specimen yet, though LaMarcus Aldridge is a bona fide frontcourt star. Beyond him, the Spurs are missing quality players up front to provide rebounding, shot blocking and overall team balance.
A Stat That Matters
22 -- The Spurs' defense allowed more points per 100 possessions than the league average for the first time in the last 22 seasons. They had ranked in the top five in defensive efficiency in 18 of the previous 21 seasons (including each of the previous six).
-- John Schuhmann
The Way To Go
The Spurs have a history of doing wonders with middle and lower picks in the first round. This time around, they’re blessed with two such selections. They could package them and move up, of course. If they don’t, forwards Charles Bassey of Western Kentucky and Bol Bol of Oregon could be headed to San Antonio.
G: DeMar DeRozan
G: Bryn Forbes
G: Patty Mills
G: Dejounte Murray
G: Lonnie Walker IV
G: Derrick White
G/F: Marco Belinelli
F: Davis Bertans
F: Chimezie Metu
C/F: LaMarcus Aldridge
C: Jakob Poeltl
F: Rudy Gay (unrestricted)
F: Dante Cunningham (unrestricted)
F: Ben Moore (restricted)
F: Quincy Pondexter (unrestricted)
F/C: Donatas Motiejunas (unrestricted)
Recent Draft History
2018: Lonnie Walker IV (18), Chimezie Metu (49)
2017: Derrick White (29), Jaron Blossomgame (59)
2016: Dejounte Murray (29)
2015: Nikola Milutinov (26), Cady Lalanne (55)
2014: Kyle Anderson (30), Jordan McRae (58), Cory Jefferson (60)
-- Shaun Powell