The suspension of the NBA season has cut short the excitement, competitiveness, and thrilling matchups the NBA offers. However, for its worth, this season before the suspension was full of ups and downs for most of the teams. For some teams, the season so far has been a notable success. For others, this season has been a difficult one filled with disappointments and numerous challenges. One team which has endured significant disappointments this season has been the San Antonio Spurs, who used to be an impressive top team in the NBA. The San Antonio Spurs’ season has full of inconsistencies that have seen the team fail to deliver their absolute best. As such, Coach Gregg Popovich and his San Antonio Spurs team find themselves sitting in the 12th position of the Western Conference and 5th in the Southwest Division with a 27-36 win-loss record. After exiting the Conference First Round at the hands of Denver Nuggets in the postseason last year, the five-time NBA Champions would have envisioned a brilliant season this year. However, it has been an unexpected opposite case so far this season.
It is fair to say the San Antonio Spurs’ glory days are far behind them. It is clear to see that the San Antonio Spurs are no more the team they used to be and that they are not competitive enough to compete with some of the current best teams in the NBA, such as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks.
We take a look at San Antonio Spurs’ disappointing season so far and explore the negatives and positives from their season so far.
San Antonio Spurs’ season so far
San Antonio Spurs began the season with a 120-111 win over the New York Knicks before claiming three extra wins in the next four games, including a 127-110 victory over fellow strugglers Golden State Warriors. After the opening five games of the 2019-2020 season, San Antonio Spurs had a 4-1 win-loss record and were flying high in the top half of the Western Conference. However, the impressive start to the season came to a screeching halt after claiming just one victory and ten losses in their next 11 games, including eight consecutive losses. The defeats came against some of this season’s in-form teams, including the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and Philadelphia 76ers. The sole victory during that poor run of results came in a 121-112 win over Oklahoma City Thunder.
The losing run ended in an away game at New York Knicks which saw Spurs claim a 111-104 win. However, San Antonio Spurs failed to maintain a consistent winning run, recording a single win and three defeats in the next four games. The win came against the Los Angeles Clippers (107-97). The following six games would see Spurs record four victories and two defeats, including massive wins over Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets. San Antonio Spurs finished 2019 with two wins and two losses, including an impressive 136-109 win over Detroit Pistons in their final game of 2019. The win also ensured that San Antonio Spurs ended the year with a 13-18 win-loss record.
Spurs began 2020 on a good note after beating the Golden State Warriors 117-113 in overtime to record their second consecutive win over the Golden State Warriors this season. Three victories and three defeats soon followed in the next six games. The three wins came against Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, and Toronto Raptors. Since then, San Antonio Spurs have recorded ten victories and 15 defeats in their last 25 games before the suspension of the NBA.
Negatives from San Antonio Spurs’ season so far
The most significant factor behind San Antonio Spurs’ struggles this season has been their woeful record on the road. This season has seen Spurs struggle to maintain consistent performances away from home so far. In 33 games on the road this season, San Antonio Spurs have recorded 11 wins and 22 defeats. Seven out of the 11 wins away from home have all come since the start of 2020. Those seven away wins came in their recent 18 away games. For San Antonio Spurs, this is not good enough for one of the elite teams in the NBA in recent memory.
Positives from San Antonio Spurs’ season so far
The biggest positives from San Antonio Spurs’ season has been the impressive performances of the likes of Forwards DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge and Point Guard Dejounte Murray.
Forward DeMar DeRozan has been impressive in his second season at San Antonio Spurs, recording staggering numbers for his side. This season has seen DeRozan average 22.2 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game and 5.6 assists per game. In all, DeRozan has recorded 1,352 points, 344 rebounds, and 340 assists in 61 games so far this season.
It has been a similar case for fellow Forward LaMarcus Aldridge who has also averaged 18.9 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists per game.
Point Guard Dejounte Murray has also averaged 10.7 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, and 4.1 assists per game. He has also averaged 1.7 steals per game.
What’s next for San Antonio Spurs?
At the moment, it is unlikely that Spurs will make it to the playoffs if the season resumes. The focus will be on finishing the remainder of the season on a higher note and revamping the squad for next season. The team has 19 games remaining if the NBA resumes with several tough away games left. They will have to improve their performances on the road if they are to gain significant results from those games.