Can the San Antonio Spurs make the play-offs?

By Online Editorial

Tony Parker

Inspired by their popular coach, the Spurs are one of the NBA’s most exciting teams. But they’ve suffered a tough start to the season and some of their stars are showing their age. Nick Shiambouros assesses San Antonio’s play-off prospects.

The San Antonio Spurs are one of the premiere teams in the NBA and have won four titles over the last 10 years. This quality rotation is coached by Greg Popovich and he has led this team to the play-offs for 12 consecutive years.

Popovich is one of the most respected coaches in basketball and has a very special relationship with his players. When some players are earning over $22m a year it can be a difficult job motivating them but this has never been an issue in San Antonio.

There are other problems to deal with now as this rotation is getting a little long in the tooth. Forward Tim Duncan leads this team and has been an integral part of their success over the last decade. Duncan is by no means old at 33 but he has lost half a step over the last couple of years.
Manu Ginobili is a 32-years-old guard who has had his share of injuries over the last couple seasons. He remains a solid performer but his health is a constant worry for his coach.

Tony Parker is one of the younger players in the team at 27 and he has blossomed in to a high class point guard over the last few years. Last season Parker showed what a quality player he has become by scoring a record 55 points against Minnesota. I think Parker is one of the most improved players in the league and I can only see him getting better over time.
The Spurs have had a poor start to the season and are in ninth place in the Western Conference with a record of 9-9.

A couple of years ago it would have been almost unthinkable for this team not to make the play-offs but now there are plenty of other teams, such as Portland, Utah and even Oklahoma, who are hungry and talented enough to deny the Spurs a place in the post-season.

This is an important season for San Antonio and, if they do not make the play-offs, there will be huge changes at the end of the year.
Surprisingly, the Spurs continue to attract a great deal of support on the exchange. I think there is plenty of money to be made opposing them at the moment.

San Antonio has a three game road trip coming up this month against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Phoenix Suns and the Golden State Warriors. The Spurs are worth opposing in all of these games with the handicap.

San Antonio has one of the worst road records in the NBA and have only won one game all season long. This is not play-off form.
The San Antonio Spurs are currently priced at 16.5 to win the NBA Championship which is incredibly poor value for this team. I would not be interested at three times that price.

I do not know how long the great Tim Duncan will continue playing basketball but he has served the Spurs well and is certain to end up in the Basketball Hall of Fame. He is still a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the floor and I am sure he will carry on playing for a couple of more years. I just think we have seen the best of him.

Reproduced with permission from © The Sporting Exchange Limited


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