OTH Starting Five: San Antonio Spurs

During the next month with overtimeheroics.net, each NBA team will be broken down into who should start at all five positions. Each day two teams will be dropped as OTH builds up to the greatest starting fives of this season. These projected lineups are not only the “best fit” lineups. Each writer also will take into consideration the rumors surrounding each team. Next up: San Antonio Spurs.

PG: Dejounte Murray

After an all-defensive team selection in 2017, the young point guard for the Spurs suffered a devastating injury that ended his 2018 season before it even began. The Spurs missed his defense and athleticism.

Projected outlook: The team expects big things out of there future point general who has put in a lot of time getting in the shape and watching film. Following in the footsteps of future Hall of Famer Tony Parker will lead to a lot of expectations. one thing is known, never underestimate the development of the Spurs of young players.

SG: Derrick White

After a quiet rookie year spending most of it in the D-league, Derrick White burst onto the scene. White played point guard for the Spurs after they lost Murray for the season. He quickly impressed everyone with his court awareness and tenacity. 

Projected Outlook – Questions will be made about how Murray and White will coexist on the court together since they are both kind of ball dominate guards. They will not be a normal backcourt of one sole ball-handler and one scorer. With coach Pop, if there is a way there is also away. White is balling out for Team USA, and it will be very hard for coach Pop not to start him.

SF: Demar DeRozan

After years of being the franchise player up north for the Toronto, Raptors Derozan was traded to the Spurs shocking him and most around the NBA. He started the season off well being the scoring force he normally is. He also got his teammates involved with great passing, something that he was not known for in the past. As the season progressed more was asked of him defensively and he struggled to produce at a high level.

Projected outlook- Look for a much better season on both ends of the court from Derozan in year two with the spurs. Most will be surprised by his improved three-point shot which he has been working on. 

PF: LaMarcus Aldridge

The veteran big man and former all-star who at times has shown flashes of dominance in spurts for the Spurs. However, he continues to struggle in the playoffs. Aldridge will be looking to bounce back having his most consistent and complete season for the Spurs.

Projected outlook: Expect a lot to be asked of Aldridge this season in terms of being that vocal voice in the paint. He will be a more consistent threat down-low. Pop should look at playing him fewer minutes to keep him fresh for the playoffs. 

Center: Jakob Poeltl

The young big man who came over from the Toronto raptors via the Kawhi Leonard/DeMar DeRozan trade showed toughness defensively last season. He focalized his an ability to get rebounds at the end of the season and in the playoffs, something the team lacked earlier in the season. He is not an offensive threat, but he has been working on establishing his scoring prowess.

Projected outlook: Expect improvements all across the board for this young talented big man. He will improve in rotations defensively and pick n roll sets. He has been working on a jump shot to make himself a respectable threat. 

Bench players

Key Bench pieces: In Rudy Gay, Patty Mills, Demarre Carrol, Lonnie Walker, Brynn Forbes and Marco Belinelli the Spurs have at there disposal a lot of offensive threats to throw at you. Even though it is expected that Gay will start some nights. When the Spurs choose to go to a smaller lineup, they won’t miss a beat on the defensive end. They have a super talented and athletic young player in Walker. He has the ability burst onto the scene he will be an xfactor for them.

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