I had a chance to exchange a few emails with Jeff of Project Spurs in preparation for tonight’s game. I answered a few questions for him, so make sure to head over and check that out.
Here’s what Jeff had to say about the Spurs this season:
How long before the Spurs should blow it up and rebuild?
Blowing it up is something the team probably won’t do. This is Duncan’s last contract season and should he not re-sign, the Spurs stand to be well under the salary cap heading into next year.
Tony Parker is relatively young while Manu Ginobili has about two more seasons left, however, the Spurs have quietly had a youth movement. They have brought in young players like Tiago Splitter, DeJuan Blair, James Anderson, Cory Joseph, and Kawhi Leonard.
The team is silently rebuilding but have yet to snag the next franchise player.
What has been the biggest surprise this season for the Spurs? The least surprising thing?
So far it has to be the Richard Jefferson as a surprise. This is the same player who was practically out of town (via amnesty clause) yet remained on the roster and has been shooting the ball well and playing much better than in seasons past.
Least surprising thing has to be the obvious slow-down in Duncan’s game. Everyone saw last season the wheels were starting to come off and this season it is quite apparent. Though he has mustered up a couple of TD-esque games but all-in-all, the light at the end of his career is shining brighter this season.
Can the Spurs make another run this year, honestly?
No. Even if somehow they survive the West playoffs especially against younger teams (OKC, Clippers, Blazers) they would be worn down and will have to face a Miami or Chicago team.
Can the Blazers end the season in first or second place, in your opinion?
Actually I do not see them finishing top-two. OKC and the Lakers will finish top-two with the Blazers coming in third. Portland will make it a fight for OKC and LA but in the end OKC is just a bit more of a complete team while I just can’t count out a team with Kobe Bryant on the court finishing top-two.