The San Antonio Spurs are coming off a trying season-opening week that included matchups against the lowly Orlando Magic and a few conference powerhouses in the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks. Although their 1-2 record may not be a picture of success, head coach Gregg Popovich has his club playing encouragingly well.
The Silver and Black have been competitive in every game so far, relying on a revamped brand of team-first basketball fortified by their defensive acumen, unselfish passing, and accelerated pace. And though Dejounte Murray and Derrick White have received most of the ballhandling duties, Keldon Johnson has been the breakout star early on.
Whether or not San Antonio’s third-year forward can keep things rolling for a grueling 82-game marathon of a season is unknown, as are a handful of other questions marks across the roster. But one thing’s for sure, these Spurs have no quit, and they are going to force their opponents to earn a victory each time they take to the hardwood.
So, check out the latest SB Nation Reacts poll and weigh in on some of the most pressing and contentious topics from around the fanbase.
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The results are in, and Spurs fans aren’t as confident in their favorite team making the playoffs as they were a week ago.
Approximately 58% of the Silver and Black faithful were confident in San Antonio rejoining the playoff picture this year after their season-opening blowout of the Orlando Magic. But that number has dropped to 41% in our latest poll, which isn’t too shocking considering the good guys have lost four games in a row and now sit at the bottom of the Western Conference standings alongside the Rockets, Thunder, and Pelicans.
Despite what their 1-4 record might suggest, the Spurs have been one of the most competitive teams in the league, giving the reigning champions a run for their money while keeping things close with title contenders like the Lakers and Nuggets. Although they blew an early 20-point lead to the Mavericks, San Antonio regathered their composure on the road and gave Dallas a late scare behind Dejounte Murray and Keldon Johnson.
Speaking of Keldon Johnson, the third-year combo forward firmly placed himself in the Most Improved Player of the Year conversation, notching an impressive 20.7 points per game over his first three outings. He came back down to Earth against the Lakers and Mavericks, combining for just 21 points on 25% shooting, but that didn’t deter Spurs fans, with 88% of voters saying he can stay hot all season.
Johnson isn’t the only promising youngster on the forefront of everyone’s mind. Josh Primo has already captivated the city of San Antonio, and he’s only played a handful of exhibition games and six regular-season minutes. After some initial hesitancy towards drafting Primo 12th overall, more than 90% of fans switched from skeptics to believers. At least according to last week’s SB Nation Reacts survey.
Spurs supporters are now practically split right down the middle when it comes to whether or not the 18-year-old rookie should spend time in the G League this season. And with 54% answering yes and 46% responding no to that question, the Canadian combo guard’s recent assignment to the Austin affiliate should provide fascinating and likely contentious discourse across the fanbase.
As for the final questions from the poll, the replies were on par with what you would probably expect. Roughly 60% of fans said they were worried about San Antonio’s poor three-point shooting, and just over 75% of fans said Gregg Popovich shouldn’t stick to a stringent nine-man rotation. Of course, the Spurs still have 77 games left to solidify their lineups and get their marksmanship on track, so it’s not time to overreact yet.