The Spurs’ post-Duncan challenge of winning the West.

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The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it’s time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL 25 takes stock of, uh, 25 key storylines to get you up to speed on where the most fascinating teams, players, and people stand on the brink of 2016-17.

I picked the San Antonio Spurs to win the title last year. I picked them because they added LaMarcus Aldridge and David West to a core that won in 2014 playing the best team basketball I’ve ever seen. I picked them because Gregg Popovich is the NBA’s best coach and they win 50 games on cruise control. I picked them because Tim Duncan was still on the roster.

I am not picking the Spurs to win the title this year.

This is not because West left. Hell, this isn’t because Duncan left. It’s because, as you all know, the Golden State Warriors signed Kevin Durant, and they will be a damn nightmare for everyone else in the league.

I did not foresee the Warriors winning 73 games last season. I did not foresee the Oklahoma City Thunder winning three straight to eliminate the Spurs. I did not foresee the Warriors winning three straight to eliminate the Thunder. And I did not foresee the Cleveland Cavaliers winning three straight to eliminate the Warriors. I do not foresee lots of things.

I do not foresee the Spurs challenging the Warriors this year.

This is not because West left. Hell, this isn’t because Duncan left. It’s because, as you all know, the Golden State Warriors signed Kevin Durant, and they will be a damn nightmare for everyone else in the league.

I did not foresee the Warriors winning 73 games last season. I did not foresee the Oklahoma City Thunder winning three straight to eliminate the Spurs. I did not foresee the Warriors winning three straight to eliminate the Thunder. And I did not foresee the Cleveland Cavaliers winning three straight to eliminate the Warriors. I do not foresee lots of things.

I do not foresee the Spurs challenging the Warriors this year.

If it sounds like I’m oversimplifying this, that’s because it’s not that hard. Durant left the Thunder. They are worse — significantly worse. Durant joined the Warriors. They might be better, if that’s possible. The Spurs couldn’t take down either last season with Duncan. Now, without him, San Antonio is a little worse — better than Oklahoma City now, but still not as good as Golden State……..Read More

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