STAYING: Kyle Anderson, Matt Bonner, Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Patrick Mills, Tony Parker and Reggie Williams.
ADDED: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland), Jimmer Fredette (New Orleans), Boban Marjanovic (Red Star Belgrade), Ray McCallum (Sacramento), Jonathan Simmons (Houston Cougars) and David West (Indiana).
GONE: Jeff Ayres (Free Agent), Aron Baynes (Detroit), Marco Belinelli (Sacramento), Cory Joseph (Toronto) and Tiago Splitter (Atlanta).
STRENGTHS: Well-oiled machine that executes like no other team in the NBA and few in league history … When they are at their best, it’s a passing and shooting clinic … Spacing is a thing of beauty … Top frontcourt in the NBA with Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan … They give the team lock-down defense, low-post scoring and mid-range shooting … Great depth with high-quality players like Patrick Mills, Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw and David West coming off the bench … Extremely high basketball IQ … Superb team defense … Drama-free squad with great leadership from veteran players and head coach Gregg Popovich … Everybody is on the same page.
WEAKNESSES: Troubling signs of decline for Tony Parker … The Frenchman followed a so-so 2014-15 season with a terrible performance at the Eurobasket … Can he bounce back or is that the TP we’re going to get from now on? … As usual, they are pretty underwhelming in terms of athleticism … They will have the oldest starters in the league at the point guard and center positions … Many rotation players on the wrong side of 30 … Can they stay injury-free? … Some players struggle their first year in the Spurs’ system … Will Aldridge be one of those?
PREDICTION: 1st in the Southwest Division / 2nd in the Western Conference.