The Spurs inspire cliches for a reason

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Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images Tim Duncan’s move to Pop’s bench furthers the Spurs as both an institution and evergreen meme. Spend enough time talking about the Spurs and you see how they, as a subject at least, exist somewhere between narrative and reality, myth and meme. Like maybe no other sports team, San Antonio’s familiar faces, prolonged success …

Why preseason projections seem to annually underestimate the Spurs

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Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images Are the Spurs perennially more than the sum of their projected parts? Data analyst (and Spurs fan) Jacob Goldstein has answers for that question and more. On Tuesday, polling and analysis website FiveThirtyEight released its Way-Too-Early Projections for next season, which unapologetically had the Spurs predicted to end their 22-year playoff run by …

The case for the Spurs to trade up in the draft

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The Spurs could cut through some of Thursday night’s uncertainty and address long-term positional need by being uncharacteristically aggressive. Like many bloggers, I occasionally get added to mailing lists that share the latest prop bet odds on anything from season win totals to how many times Jay Bilas will use pet phrases during a broadcast on draft night. Like many …

Untangling the Spurs’ biggest offseason questions

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A busy draft night, philosophical recalibrations, and Rudy Gay’s free agency all loom over a San Antonio offseason that’ll be as volatile as they want it to be. This summer in San Antonio is a thought experiment, a tangled hypothetical of roster-building, basketball philosophy, and how much an organization should value the parts that added up to 48 regular-season wins …

Expect the Spurs to refine rather than rethink this season’s squad

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Despite a major defensive slide, anachronistic offense, and season filled with ups and downs, the Spurs have expressed an intent to build upon their new foundation. The caveat to the Spurs’ uncharacteristically up and down 2018-19 season was that it developed more out of circumstance than by design. That’s what happens when you bid farewell to two pillars of continuity …