San Antonio Spurs: Team Makes Most of NBA Restart With Youngsters

The San Antonio Spurs are 2-1 during the NBA restart and have been impressive, to say the least.

San Antonio has remained competitive without forward LaMarcus Aldridge who had surgery on his right shoulder back in June.

Head coach Gregg Popovich has his team ready to play. The Spurs beat the Sacramento Kings on Friday and edged the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

On Monday, the Philadelphia 76ers clipped the Spurs, 132-130.

With only five more regular-season games remaining, the Spurs are fighting for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. If they earn that seed it would allow them to enter the playoffs for the 23rd straight year.

Currently, the battle for the eighth seed looks like this:

8. Memphis (32-36)

  • Portland (30-38)
  • Spurs (29-37)
  • New Orleans (29-38)
  • Kings (28-38)
  • Phoenix (28-39)

I believe it will come down to the last few games before we find out who claims the eighth seed in the West.

However, despite the pleasant uprising of the Spurs, I think Portland finds a way to grab the No. 8 seed since they have a more favorable schedule.

With that being said, San Antonio has received big contributions from Derrick White, Dejounte Murray, and Lonnie Walker IV.

White, 26, averaged roughly 21 points per game during the restart and Murray, 23, posted 15 PPG.

Walker IV had 11 PPG during the Spurs’ last three games.

Murray also led San Antonio in rebounds vs. the Grizzlies with 10 and White has 11 three-pointers during the restart period.

Even though veterans like Rudy Gay, Marco Belinelli, and DeMar DeRozan are on the roster, it’s clear Popovich wants the youngsters to step up and be a major factor.

Without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Kawhi Leonard on the team anymore, the Spurs had to find the future of the franchise.

Luckily, for San Antonio, they always find a way to add talent one way or another. They obviously know how to discover players from overseas which leaves them in a good position.

I understand the Spurs didn’t play well before the NBA went on hiatus, but that doesn’t mean Coach Pop can’t develop his team for the future.

The Spurs will face some pretty good competition in Denver, Utah, New Orleans, Houston, and then Utah again.

San Antonio might lose four of those final five games, but those games can get the club more prepared for the 2020-2021 season.

It would help if the Spurs’ front office could acquire a star to pair with DeRozan, but I doubt such a thing will take place.

The young players on the San Antonio roster have played well and have adjusted to the system Pop and the Spurs like to run.

It’s selfless basketball with a winning attitude that can help these younger athletes take the next step in their careers.

I’m not sure when the next NBA championship trophy will wind up in San Antonio, Texas, but I do know that a nice foundation is being set for the franchise and it looks ready to handle anything with or without a megastar.

The NBA regular season wraps up on Friday, August 14.

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