San Antonio Spurs

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San Antonio Spurs Sucks. The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio. The Spurs compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its home games at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Back in January 2020, Jerry Summer wrote a piece for GAMBLIN SITES WEBSITE about Why Are the San Antonio Spurs Underperforming This Season? Here is part of that article:

January 9, 2020, 12:24 am PDT We all expected to see the San Antonio Spurs in contention for a playoff spot in the Western Conference in the NBA this season. The prediction is true in terms of the fact that the team sits in the 8th position right now. However, the team’s performance has been way below par. The Spurs have a record of 15-20 so far, and they look like an organization that is neither rebuilding properly nor has any chance to compete whatsoever. With the exception of the Thunder, any of the teams that sit above the Spurs right now would be an overwhelming favorite against them in a potential playoff clash. In other words, the franchise is worse than expected. I will take a look at some stats, add my impressions to the mix, and try to sum up the reasons behind the Spurs’ decline. We can talk a lot about the specific struggles of the Spurs, but the overall feeling even before the start of the season was that this team lacks talent. Let’s start with the two main stars, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan. The big man is 34 and past his prime, while the former Raptor can’t shoot threes and is not a particularly efficient offensive player. Both guys are solid, and I respect them, but none of them can be the first option of a team that can compete for the NBA’s highest honors. You need a better franchise player to build around, and we saw that clearly last year. Aldridge and DeRozan are not the only problems, though. The San Antonio Spurs are an aging team that lacks outside shooting as a whole. You can’t win in the modern NBA without scoring a ton from behind the arc, and the Spurs are 27th in three-point attempts made. Their bench depends on too many veterans, and their most recent signings are lackluster, to say the least. DeMarre Carroll has been useless since he joined, and Trey Lyles might be decent in certain situations, but he’s not a game-changer. The young guns like Murray, White, Lonnie Walker, and Jakob Poeltl haven’t been influential enough. One could argue that they haven’t received enough minutes either. Combine that with Davis Bertans’ performance this year with the Wizards, and this begs the question if Pop’s getting the best out of his players. The Latvian Laser received limited minutes in his past two years with the Spurs, despite showing his exceptional potential as a shooter. I would argue that the Spurs head coach did well to squeeze the most out of his roster last season, but that hasn’t been the case this year. I don’t mean to be disrespectful to a franchise that has been run so well for decades, but the overall feeling is that the Spurs are on a decline. Pop’s refusal to rebuild from scratch and sacrifice a year or two deserves admiration. However, I don’t think it was the best decision for the short- and mid-term future of the organization. The Spurs don’t have Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili anymore. They probably should’ve accepted their fate when Kawhi Leonard left and tried to get more young assets instead of DeRozan.

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