The San Antonio Spurs are on a five-game winning streak, one that includes an 18-point win over the Raptors and former teammate Kawhi Leonard. What’s more, they’ve won 13 out of their last 16 games, so if you weren’t excited about their season yet, you need to get on it. Though it might have taken a couple of months, the Spurs have cracked the top ten of the NBA’s Power Rankings and we can’t wait to see what’s next. Here’s a breakdown of the team as it stands right now. These guys are on a roll so be sure to check out our selection of cheap San Antonio Spurs tickets and go see a game!
If there’s one key player on the Spurs team, it’s DeMar DeRozan. The 29-year-old shooting guard joined the team this offseason when the Spurs traded star player Kawhi Leonard for the former Raptor. Now DeRozan is leading this San Antonio team, flourishing more and more as the season progresses, and showing just how valuable he is by doing things like scoring a triple-double against Toronto. With the Spurs, this All-Star is averaging a career-high in rebounds (6.2) and assists (6.4) and shooting 47.4% from the floor on an average of 18 shots taken per game.
And then there’s the Spurs center. Big man LaMarcus Aldridge is shooting better than ever too, averaging 23.5 points in his last 10 games compared to his career average of 19.4. The 33-year-old is in his fourth year with the Spurs and shows no signs of slowing down. He was crucial in burying the Raptors and Kawhi Leonard back in December and he proved to be a beast in Monday’s game against the Pistons, scoring 26 points and nabbing 2 steals. He even finished off 2018 by scoring 30-plus points in back to back games. Combined with DeRozan, they make up a dynamic duo that is very capable of leading this team to victory… and perhaps the Finals.
Spurs guard Bryn Forbes has come a long way since going undrafted out of Michigan State in 2016. The 25-year-old is averaging over 12 points per game this season since taking the position of Dejounte Murray who left with a torn ACL in October. Quickly moving with confidence from the bench to the court, Forbes has stepped up for his team in a big way for somebody who was supposed to be a sub. He’s making 43% of his three-point shots, and his 89 threes in 40 games are the most since Danny Green at the start of the 2014-2015 season.
Meanwhile, the relatively unknown Derrick White has started to take over the point guard position for the Spurs, shooting over 60% and averaging almost 12 points in his last 10 games. He’s also turning into one of the best perimeter defenders they’ve got. Having played only a few NBA games previously and spending most of his time in the G-League as a rookie, White continues to get more comfortable out there. And he occasionally demonstrates that new confidence by putting away a few powerful dunks.
Rudy Gay is the Spurs’ small forward and a super efficient player. He’s shooting 54% on mid-range jump-shots and he’s already tied a career-high 15 rebounds once this season. While he’s not shooting as well as he has in the past, he still manages a solid 13.7 points per game. At the moment, however, he’s out with an injured wrist after falling on it during their game against the Clippers last weekend. Jacob Poeltl will take his place, at least in these next few games.
When the Raptors came to town in December, Kawhi Leonard he was treated to a warm welcome of boos from San Antonio fans. They were no doubt feeling scorned, a similar (though much milder) version of what went down in Cleveland with Lebron the first time around. However, the Spurs have shown that the trade might have actually been worth it. They seem complete without Leonard and their depth has been something to brag about. While stars like DeRozan and Aldridge had a combined 51 points against the Pistons on Monday, it was the Spurs’ bench that pushed them to victory. While Gay was out and DeRozan struggled to draw the foul, role-players like White and Davis Bertans stepped up.
Earlier this season, the Spurs recovered from a disappointing 11-14 record to show that they’re still competing in what could have easily ended up as a rebuild year. (But with San Antonio, there’s always a chance they’ll be a contender.) Lately, the Spurs have been playing as well as any other team in the NBA as they steadily move up the ranks. So keep watching. And maybe go catch a game – shop our authentic San Antonio Spurs Tickets!