This projection really likes San Antonio's chances
The San Antonio Spurs are top-tier championship contenders, meaning they basically have as good a chance as anyone to win it all. Last year, they had the best offense and highest net rating in basketball after the All-Star break. Then they added LaMarcus Aldridge and David West.
Here's what FiveThirtyEight's projections have to say about how San Antonio will do this season:
Sure, they lost a few rotation players, and age will take its toll on Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and West. But the infusion of Aldridge into this offense is scary, as is further development from Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.
San Antonio has a few question marks, but by and large they're probably the most complete team in the league right now.
The San Antonio Spurs, hoping to make another title run, loaded up on talent in the offseason. They landed coveted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge along with David West. They brought back Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and signed Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to new deals. The new players are expected to assimilate quickly with the Spurs veterans, but that’s not guaranteed, which is why coach Gregg Popovich admits that developing team chemistry is his most pressing concern. “It’s always going to be talked about throughout the league by everyone because that’s probably the biggest key of winning,” Green said. “You can have all the right pieces. But if you don’t have chemistry, you’re probably not going to be successful. So regardless of what your roster is, chemistry is the most important thing in this league, in this game. You hear it all the time. We may get tired of it. But it’s really important. We know how important it is.”