The San Antonio Spurs are likely to miss the postseason for the first time since 1998, after a two year decade of dominance. This is according to Bleacher Report as they think the Memphis Grizzlies will take the eighth spot. Spurs are now on tenth seed and five games below the Grizzlies. With inconsistencies on games that they were blown away the Spurs chances are looming. Two games left on the annual Rodeo Road Trip against the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder, both teams in playoff pictures. Hard to see San Antonio winning those two games.
Bleacher Report favored the Memphis Grizzlies as the standout rookie Ja Morant is playing like a veteran point guard. Torching his opponent by highlights after highlights. Together with rookie Brandon Clarke who posted good numbers. The Grizzlies are the best team in the Western Conference before All-Star Break with an 8-2 record, second against the NBA’s best Milwaukee Bucks which registered a 9-1 record.
For the San Antonio Spurs, they can rebuild with the chance of getting to the lottery. There are good prospects who can help the team immediately. With the young players gaining experience it’s good enough to start for another good run. Spurs should be on a winning record if they take advantage of every opportunity they had. As they look better than records say, they beat best teams in the league because Spurs are supposedly one of the top teams in the West.
The fallout of the Spurs started with Marcus Morris Sr declining his verbal agreement to sign with the San Antonio. The Spurs made a trade Davis Bertans to give the team some flexibility financially. Then revised the two-year contract of DeMarre Carroll to three years with an increase in the number of dollars. But the offseason failure went until the season begun, Davis Bertans is balling out in Washington. While DeMarre Carroll didn’t get enough playing time with San Antonio. Then the Spurs will pay the remaining guaranteed money after he bought out.
If the Spurs likely to miss all of this postseason, it can serve the team a little fuel to drive. These Spurs youngs had the potential to dominates the league three or five years from now. All of them are playing great on both ends of the court. The Spurs front office filled the five positions that can compete. The three members from Derrick White, Dejounte Murray, and Lonnie Walker IV had playoff experiences with the combination of triumph and failures. With the proper guidance of Popovich, if he still wants to coach and the winning culture of San Antonio, these guys can reboot the Spurs morale for a short period of time.
The front office still had a chance to recover from this season of disaster by getting the best asset this coming June. They had two veterans who can be a lottery pick if they choose to. Via sign and trade for DeMar DeRozan they can choose in the free agency. LaMarcus Aldridge is still worth a high first-round pick which can be an eye for any contending teams.
Regardless of what will happen the Spurs bright future already insured in New Jersey insurance.