2014-15 Record: 55-27
2014-15 Offense: 103.2 PPG (17th)
2014-15 Defense: 97.0 PPG (3rd)
Key Additions: LaMarcus Aldridge (PF), David West (PF)
Key Losses: Tiago Splitter (C), Aron Baynes (C), Marco Belinelli (SG), Cory Joseph (PG)
The Spurs did not do a great job at defending their title last year. Yes, they won 55 games but a loss on the last day of the season dropped them from the second to sixth seed. That sixth seed gave them a matchup with the Clippers who they would lose to. This year they’re looking to get past the first round and back into the finals. They made some big moves this offseason to help accomplish that goal. Will we see them back in the finals?
LaMarcus Aldridge was maybe the top free agent last summer. Somehow the Spurs got him to sign. A 55 win team added a top free agent. They should be much better now, right? Well, Aldridge might not be as good as you think and he might not fit with their team right away. Aldridge is good but he might not have the success he had in Portland.
In order to clear cap space for Aldridge, the Spurs let go some key contributors. Gone is Cory Joseph and his tough defense on opposing point guards. Gone is Marco Bellinelli and his big time shooting. The Spurs will even miss Aron Baynes and the depth he provided at center. The biggest loss of them all is Tiago Splitter though. Splitter is underrated on both sides of the court. Aldridge is better than any one of those guys but he’s not better than all four combined.
The offseason losses and age may catch up to the Spurs. Tony Parker wasn’t the same player last year and now he’s a year older. Duncan and Ginobili will eventually stop being effective. I think they still have one more year left in them though. Can’t forget about Kawhi Leonard either. He may become a true superstar this season.