The NBA Trade Deadline and All-Star Weekend have come and gone, so that means we’re in the home stretch of the 2019-20 NBA season. In this serious post-All-Star Break, we’ll go over the outlook for every team in the NBA. Here, we’ll provide a short glimpse at championship odds and playoff chances for each team. Also highlighted are key injuries to note and a fantasy basketball player to watch the rest of the season.
Where do the San Antonio Spurs stand at the All-Star Break?
Playoff Chances: 10.1%
Championship Odds: +15000
Division Odds: +25000
Conference Championship winner: +8000
The talk in San Antonio since last week has been: Why didn’t the Spurs sell at the deadline? A few points come to mind. The biggest point being that’s not the philosophy of the franchise. They don’t play to lose and they’ll try to make the playoffs so long as coach Gregg Popovich is on that sideline. The other is the players they could have moved would have been tough to move at this time. Bulky contracts for DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge made it difficult to facilitate a trade and I think that played a role in why the Spurs are going for a playoff berth, which as you can see may be difficult.
Would the Spurs instill any fear in the Lakers or Clippers or Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs? Maybe a little bit. It’s still Pop and there’s still talent on the roster. Problem is there aren’t many good defenders and there isn’t any depth. The Spurs have made the playoffs in 22 straight seasons. Does that mean a new streak of missing out is coming? the chances seem high.
Prediction: Spurs miss the playoffs and start rebuilding in the offseason.
Key Injuries for San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan, SG/SF (back) — DTD
After reading the above paragraph, you’d think this one would be loaded with names. That isn’t the case. DeRozan just recently popped up on the injury report due to back spasms and missed two games before the break. It doesn’t seem all too serious, though, so I wouldn’t be worried if I were a DeRozan owner in fantasy basketball. Other than Lonnie Walker IV, Aldridge and Dejounte Murray, the Spurs have been mostly healthy all season.
Fantasy basketball spotlight: Dejounte Murray
The Spurs inked Murray to a big four-year, $64 million contract extension before the start of the season back in October. It was a move to get ahead of a potential breakout campaign and so far things haven’t really panned out. Murray hasn’t taken that next step and it’s a big reason why the Spurs are outside of the playoff picture.
While some of his stats leave much to be desired, there are some bright spots. Murray has been more efficient, shooting 48.5% from the floor and 37.8% from 3-point range. He hasn’t become that floor leader Pop needs out there, but his numbers are up a bit heading into the break and he’s not a bad fantasy basketball waiver wire target for the stretch at 63.6% owned on ESPN. It would be mostly in shallow formats, plus we’d need DeRozan to sit out games more often, which could be the case.