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Gregg Popovich became the Spurs coach in the 19th game of the 1996 season. The team finished with a 20-62 record. Since then, the Spurs  have not had a losing record. What’s crazy is that they have won 50 or more games in 19 of 20 seasons, with six of those being 60+ win seasons. What’s insane is that it should have been 20 out of 20 seasons, as the 1998 season was started late due to the lockout. What’s mind blowing is that the Spurs won the NBA Championship that season!

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They’ve never missed the playoffs and are 5-1 in title games. Before I continue, I need some feedback on a very important question. Is it “chip” or “ship” when talking about a championship? Please comment below. Anyways, this is what the 2017 Spurs will be all about:

2016 record: 61-21

Key acquisitions:

Key losses:

Outlook:

The uncertain status of Kawhi Leonard puts a damper on things for San Antonio. With that said, did you read the intro? READ IT AGAIN! As long as Gregg Popovich is coaching and the team has players that can breath, the Spurs will be contenders.

PGTony Parker is out until at least December following quad surgery in the offseason. Dejounte Murray will likely start with Patty Mills backing up. They will both get plenty of minutes, though, which crimps the fantasy value of both. Murray is tall at 6′ 5″, can shoot the three well, board, and drop dimes. Due to his length, he could rack up plenty of defensive stats. Mills will also get his pilfer on and drop some dimes, but he’s more known for his sharp shooting (41% from three-land last season).

SGDanny Green will start with Manu Ginobili backing him up. Green doesn’t shoot particularly well from the field (39% last season), but does shoot the three-ball well (38%). He’ll grab a few boards and steal/block close to one a game, but he’s very inconsistent. Enjoy the ride. Ginobili is 40 years old and still balling. I’ve always hated him (Lakers fan), but had the utmost respect for him. Have always loved his game and mentality. He will be missed when he’s gone. As for fantasy, he’s only going to play around 18 minutes per game. He still shoots well (39% from three-land and 80% from the charity stripe), but won’t provide the volume to accumulate stats. Bryn Forbes is a second-year player that may be a three-point specialist. He won’t get many minutes, but he could see time when the Spurs rest players.

SFKawhi Leonard is the starter. As mentioned above, he’s still dealing with a quad issue. It’s kind of scary that there is no timetable yet. You know that Pop manages minutes, so Leonard was expected to miss time and sit in blowouts. Now, this has to knock Kawhi down a bit, as the team will probably be more conservative than normal. Kawhi has increased his ppg in every season. So, it makes sense that his field goal attempts and usage have correspondingly increased as well. The usage rate topped 30% for the first time last season. Kawhi was already a superstar, but it looked like he was ready to take the next step to megastar status. Now…..I’m sad. Anyways, when healthy, Kawhi does it all. Blah blah blah. You don’t need me to tell you that. The Rudy Gay signing makes a lot more sense now, as he will back up Kawhi. Gay is 30 years old and is coming off Achilles surgery, so you know the Spurs will manage his minutes. With that said, he’s always been a talented player and could thrive in this system. Gay shoots the three-ball well (career 35%), boards, dishes dimes, and will get his pilfer and block on. At 6′ 8″, he could also play some power forward and even center, if Pop wants to get funky. Kyle Anderson is third on the depth chart and could share minutes with Gay until Kawhi returns. At 6′ 9″, Kyle is super long, but moves well for a man his size. He shoots the three-ball well (37% last season) and will also contribute across the board. It’s a minutes thing for him.

PFLaMarcus Aldridge is the starter. With Kawhi down, LMA should have much of the offense run through him. He’s always had a nice mid-range J and turn around in the post, but he’s a finesse big man. And it sounds like it’s both physically and mentally. Anyways, the boards have decreased three straight years, from 10.2 to 8.5 to 7.3. He will block around one per game, though. At 6′ 11″, I’d hope so. I loved Portland LMA, but this Spurs version so far is booty. On the positive, he does shoot a high percentage, from both the field and charity stripe, and should get usage. Davis Bertans is backing up LMA, at least on the depth chart. I’d expect Gay and Gasol to fill in there as well. Bertans is a stretch 4, as he shot 40% from three-land last season.

CPau Gasol is the starter with Joffrey Lauvergne the backup. Gasol is 36 years old, so will be given days off and won’t log heavy minutes each game. Maybe around 25. He still shoots a high percentage from the field. 54% from three-land last season? On only 1.6 attempts, so don’t get too excited. He’s not a great free-throw shooter (70%), but he won’t kill you there. Gasol will board, dish a few dimes, and get around a block per game. Lauvergne has a nice beard. Ok, he will board and is a capable passer. Pop seems to love him and, with Gasol likely to play limited minutes, could see some run. Not enough to be fantasy relevant though.

  1. Not your average Joe says:
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    Better keeper value:

    I get to keep Aaron Gordon for a 9th round price.
    I get to keep Kristap Porzingis for an 8th round price.

    I get one more keeper and my options are:
    Nikola Jokic as my 1st round pick (#12 overall)
    Bradley Beal as my 5th round pick (#60 overall)
    Alex Len as my 12th round pick (#133 overall)

    Which is my better keeper and why? It’s a 12-team, 9-cat yahoo h2h league where we can keep players for up to three years, though the price increases every year.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      PGod for me. You can’t keep both Gordon and Porzingis?

      • Not your average Joe says:
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        @Son: I’m already keeping Porzingis and Gordon. I have to pick one more keeper from among Jokic, Beal, and Len for the prices I listed.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Got it. My bad. How would the price inflation for Jokic work?

          • Not your average Joe says:
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            @Son: He was drafted last year (by someone else) in the 2nd round. I traded for him but I’m still bound by that, so this year the inflation would make Jokic require a 1st round pick. Since I won the 12-team league, if I kept him, he would be my 1st round pick and be the #12 pick overall. I would not be able to keep him past 2017-18. I think Beal is the best value of the three guys above unless Len somehow overcomes his hump and lands the starting gig. But boy do I love me some Jokic.

            • Son

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              Ok, that’s what I figured to some degree. Beal is good value but I’d rather keep Len

              • Not your average Joe says:
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                @Son: You’re that high on Len to do better than last year? 😀

                • Son

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                  Well, its keeper value right? I can see him doing much better down the road. For this year, there’s a path to an increase in numbers, especially with the injury to Big Sauce. Plus, i can see Tyson getting traded

  2. Puddle Stomp says:
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    This is my rookie season. Playing H2H 10-team 9-cat. If I punt assists, what averages should I aim for in the other categories?

    This was my most recent mock draft:
    1. Karl-Anthony Towns (Min – C)
    2. Myles Turner (Ind – PF,C)
    3. C.J. McCollum (Por – PG,SG)
    4. Otto Porter (Was – SF)
    5. Nikola Vucevic (Orl – PF,C)
    6. Robert Covington (Phi – SF,PF)
    7. Lou Williams (LAC – PG,SG)
    8. Gary Harris (Den – SG,SF)
    9. Marquese Chriss (Pho – PF)
    10. Zach LaVine (Chi – PG,SG)
    11. T.J. Warren (Pho – SF)
    12. Derrick Favors (Uta – PF,C)
    13. Allen Crabbe (Bkn – PG,SG,SF)

    Any players you’d avoid or target to improve that team?

    • Son

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      @Puddle Stomp: If you punt a category, the goal is to dominate the other categories. 3s and points are the easiest to replace so….It’s up to you to choose. Did you read Ringer’s punt assist article?

  3. Mad Beach Bums says:
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    In San Diego we go “ship” But then again, wtf does anyone in SD know about a Championship. Only “ships” are all the SD Laker fans that outsource their titles to the Lakers but hate everything else LA. It’s hilarious actually.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ha! That was an enjoyable read. Appreciate the insight

  4. Jake says:
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    Should I pick up monk, dejounte, jerian, oubre, or Jonathan Simmons?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jake: Depends on your roster

      • Jake says:
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        Should I pick up monk, dejounte, jerian, oubre, or Jonathan [email protected]Son: who’s the best player

        • Jake says:
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          @Jake: oops that was weird. Who’s he best out of these?

          • Son

            Son says:
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            @Jake: Hmmm, depends what you need. I love Monk and Simmons the most, from a player perspective.

  5. Dan Lo says:
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    Whats up!

    My lonzo for garry harris str8 up?

    Im inclined to do it, My league has 3 points made, and 3point %

    What you thank?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dan Lo: What’s the rest of roster look like?

      • Dan Lo says:
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        @Son:

        (FG%), (FTM), (FT%), (3PTM), (3PT%), (PTS), (REB), (AST), (ST), (BLK), (TO)

        Chris paul
        Marcus smart
        Eric Gordon
        Lonzo
        Seth curry
        reggie jackson
        robert covington
        jeremy lamb

        cousins
        aaron gordon
        drummond
        embiid
        Alex Len

        • Son

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          @Dan Lo: Man, this is a tough one forme.I love Harris as a player and the situation he’s in. He’s for sure going to help you out in 3s. And you have CP3. With that said, I love Lonzo and his situation just as much. I just think Lonzo is going to be triple-dub threat every night. I’d probably keep Ball as he will help in more categories, but I have no problem if you make the trade. I’m probably higher on Ball than most and Harris is a baller.

          • Dan Lo says:
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            @Son:

            Awesome thanks! I am a big ball believer too

            I am going to keep ball for now, lets see how he starts the season

            • Son

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              @Dan Lo: Ha! Good luck

  6. Chris says:
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    Thanks Son!

    who do you like better Love or Middleton?

    Thanks

    • Son

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      @Chris: I Love Middleton! Depends on team construction

      • Chris says:
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        I have the 10th pick in a 12 man league-This is usually what my mock drafts are looking like.

        10-Cousins-I know he is ranked 14 but I think ppl are crazy
        15-Lillard
        34-Love
        42-Booker
        Then I’ve been getting different guys at the next few picks-lot of Jordan-Gordon-Randolph. Then Redick Bazemore later.

        What do you think of the first four picks some of the later guys I mentioned and Cousins at 9. If he puts up 25-20-4 assists 1.5 blocks and gives good #’s for a big for Percentages and has 1.5 3’s I think he’s a steal at 9.

        With this lineup you like Love or Middleton? Love has to put up better numbers with no Kyrie.

        Thanks son! How much clout do you put in multiples positions? Counsins is just s center Whiteside is F/c. I was thinking Whiteside at ten as well.

        • Son

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          @Chris: I don’t have a problem with The Cuz at 10. I have him ranked close, but rankings are all about personal preference. You gotta go with who/what you believe in.

          As for Love/Middleton, I prefer Love because of his position. I can find guys similar to Middleton later.

          I’m not a big Booker guy, love Fordon, but Randolph? Definitely not feeling him this year.

          Positional flexibility is gravy. Will I make a decision solely on it? No, but it’s always nice to have it.

  7. Chris says:
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    Thanks Son!

    at 42 do you like Bledsoe porter or Lopez over booker and in what order? if you do

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Chris: Otto

  8. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    Son,

    Just had my 2nd and final draft. This league has 15 teams (I had 5th pick), 12 players per team, no TOs.

    What do you think? Anywhere I can improve?

    G – Stephen Curry
    G – Elfrid Payton
    G – Dennis Smith Jr.
    F – Paul MIllsap
    F – Gary Harris
    F – Thaddeus Young
    C – Myles Turner
    C – Dwayne Dedmon
    UT – Josh Richardson
    UT – Norman Powell
    Bench – Danilo Gallinari
    Bench – Caleb Swanigan

    I’m a Warriors fan so I was stoked to get Steph with the 5th pick. I also wanted to have Dennis Smith on a team because I’m a fan. I grabbed Biggie with my last pick because I needed more size. I’d start the Rooster if he was healthy and have Powell on the bench. I felt I had to grab Young at the time for boards and I like his outlook with the Pacers rebuilding.

    • Son

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      I like the team alot. Well done for a 15-team league. You pretty much cannot go wrong with Steph and you know my love for DSJ. And Biggie. And Powell. And Millsap. And Harris…….

      • Brent

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        @Son: Awesome…well your rankings were my guide and we have a lot of players we like in common so it was perfect. I was pretty surprised with the players that fell to me. I thought Smith would have been one for sure and getting steph with the 5th was only 2nd to my getting Giannis with the 5th pick in my draft on Thursday. I tried to mix it up and get different players too. The only guys I have in common between my 2 teams are Harris, Dedmon, Richardson, Powell and Gallinari (and I may grab Biggie in the other league too). So if those guys have decent seasons then I think i’ll be up at the top.

        This team is much stronger with assists. The other team I have no real point guards

        • Son

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          We do. Hopefully, we end up being two smart guys instead of two donkeys. Giannis at 5. So nice. That other squad had no positions though, right?

          • Brent

            The Fantasy Dick says:
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            @Son: That’s right

  9. Tino says:
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    hello buddy,

    thanks for the article, good stuff. Can I get some advice on my team? It’s a 12er league with 11 cat (with a/t and OB). My team is, in round sequence:
    LBJ,
    Kyrie,
    Otto Porter,
    Clint Capela,
    IBaka,
    D’Angelo
    Willie Cauley-Stein,
    Danilo Gallinari,
    Wilson Chandler,
    Evan Fournier,
    Jamal Murray,
    KCP,
    Trevor Booker.

    I feel like I dont have enough big man and too many wing players. What should I look to do to improve this team? FAs availanles are: Will Baton, Bazemore, Mudiay.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Tino: You could use more big man stats. I’d pass on those FAs

  10. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Son. Do you like Will Barton or Donovan Mitchell in a head to head points league? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jerry: I love DMitch but I think you have to go Barton here

  11. Jerry says:
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    Thanks, Son. What about Barton or Brogdon?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jerry: Barton

  12. fahey says:
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    Just that annoying dude asking for thoughts on their team.

    10 team, H2H, 9-Cat

    PG – Steph
    SG – Oladipo
    G – Rubio
    SF – Ben Simmons
    PF – Boogie
    F – Myles Turner
    C – Willy Hernan
    C – Jon Leuer
    Util – Randle
    Util – Eric Gordon
    Util – Marquese Chriss
    Bazemore
    Josh Richardson
    Allen Crabbe
    Rondae Hollis

    Thanks, much obliged.

    • Son

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      Ha! Like the squad. Hopefully the Knicks Free Willy

  13. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    Son,

    On an assists needy team, who would you rather have on your bench:

    Yogi, Jerian grant, Ish smith, donovan mitcell

    Thanks!

    • Son

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      Yogi

      • Brent

        The Fantasy Dick says:
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        @Son: Cool…this season I need to trust my draft and not go waiver crazy before the games even start…lol…

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Ha! Yeah, trust your draft and let things play out a bit.

        • Brent

          The Fantasy Dick says:
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          @The Fantasy Dick: Barea is someone i always like too and he always puts up really solid fantasy stats….right up until he gets an injury that lingers all year

          • Son

            Son says:
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            Ha! True. He such a little shit, but I respect him so much. He may get some time with Curry down.

            • Brent

              The Fantasy Dick says:
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              @Son: For sure. Its crazy but he’ll even play alongside DSJ i bet and steal time from Yogi

              • Son

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                I can see that for sure

  14. kuz says:
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    What do I punt with KD as my first pick?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @kuz: Why must you punt?

      • kuz says:
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        @Son:
        solid point 😛

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @kuz: Ha!

    • Brent

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      @kuz: Punt losing

  15. Shahed says:
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    Hey Son,

    Did my Keeper league start up draft, 20 teams, Standard 9 cat, H2H, 15 players, Keep 10 players each year. Really deep league, the deepest I’ve been a part of.

    Here are my picks,
    11 Kawhi
    30 Lowry
    51 Oladipo
    70 J Murray
    91 WCS
    110 TJ Warren
    131 Len
    150 Winslow
    171 Swanigan
    190 Tyson Chandler
    211 Parsons
    230 DeMarre Carroll
    251 Snell
    270 Sessions
    291 Andrew Harrison

    What do you think, I think Assists are a weakness for this year, I have put in a claim for Tony Parker for IL spot. I like they younger guys I got, I had my eye on some other young guys but they went earlier than i expected.

    • Son

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      @Shahed: I worry a bit about your big man stats and assists could be light. They are definitely a commodity. I’m not too optimistic about Parker, but it’s worth a stash I guess

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