Preseason - Week 2: One game of this shortened preseason is in the books. As expected with the shortened training camp, the Silver and Black came out rusty versus the new-look Oklahoma City Thunder. But a couple of good things came out of the lost match like a good look at the rookies and some glimpses of the vets doing vet things. Devin Vassell performed well on both ends of the court - finishing his first professional outing with 3 steals, 1 block, 6 rebounds, and 12 points. Patty Mills and Rudy Gay haven’t lost their spark, contributing a total of 39 points to the losing effort.
While most of the regular sites still haven’t provided power rankings for the season (having only seen one game of a drastically shortened preseason, there was one ranking that caused some excitement. In this ranking, the Spurs were listed in the top 10 and just a couple short of the top 5 - ranking the “City Edition” of all 30 teams’ jerseys. Seems like others outside of San Antonio are excited to see the Fiesta colors. Thank you Sports Illustrated for mirroring the excitement of many of us in San Antonio.
Last Week: 0-1 (Preseason record 0-1) 121-108 vs Thunder (loss)
Preseason schedule: 12/15 @ Houston Rockets; 12/17 @ Houston Rockets
Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report - NA
No rankings published yet.
Insiders, ESPN - 31-41 Win/Loss record
. . . the Spurs are the Spurs and can always Spur their way to a good season.
Michael C. Wright, NBA.com - Season Prediction
They’ll push teams. They’ll be exciting to watch. And Popovich’s tutelage almost automatically guarantees San Antonio a fighting chance to advance to the postseason. They’ll finish better than last season, but it likely won’t be good enough to make the playoffs. Popovich was smart in changing the team’s style to fit the young, athletic personnel. The current crop of youngsters gives the franchise building blocks to create another 20-plus years of dominance in the future. San Antonio can jump back into the free-agency game next season when DeRozan and Aldridge are off the books. The Spurs will be knocking on the door of the playoffs this season, but it’s doubtful they get in.
Predicted finish: 35-37
Jarrel Harris, SI.com - 7 (last week - NA)
While the fiesta colors are a legendary staple in the franchise, it will be the first time the Spurs actually use them on a game jersey. The fiesta color was used on the team’s game warmups from 1989-90 to 1996-97.
James Herbert, CBS Sports - NA
No rankings published yet.
Since the only ranking of note is in regards to the Fiesta unis, the main predictions are in win/loss records, neither giving the Spurs a chance to have a winning record. Let us know if you agree in the comments.