San Antonio Spurs: 5 reasons to be excited for the 2019-20 NBA season

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A season full of new opportunity for the San Antonio Spurs, there are plenty of reasons to be giddy about the new NBA season.

With the FIBA World Cup coming to a close this weekend, the NBA preseason is next in line. This 2019-20 season has to be one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory. The San Antonio Spurs are going to have to find their role in the NBA hierarchy.

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After a crazy offseason full of big-name free agents like Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and Kemba Walker finding new homes, the scope of the NBA looks a lot different and brighter.

The Western Conference is looking tight as always and the playoff race should run very close in both conferences. The Spurs get to be a part of that Western Conference bloodbath as they bounce back from injuries and develop their young core.

Dejounte Murray is stepping back into action, along with Lonnie Walker IV who only played 17 games in his rookie season last year.

With those comeback seasons, the team also has some breakout potentials. Guard Derrick White ended the 2018-19 campaign with a lovely display of two-way prowess against the Denver Nuggets in their seven-game series.

And he added to his resume with an outbreak performance at the Team USA camp and was a part of the roster in China, where they fell to France in the quarterfinals.

The Spurs also added Tim Duncan to their coaching staff, a hire that is undeniably one of the best offseason moves for any team.

Duncan has always been a cornerstone piece of the franchise and the quintessential Spur, any advice or consulting he can add to the team’s players, culture, or game schemes will be noteworthy.

Although when talking about this team, even with their talent, you cannot help but wonder if they will be struggling to stay afloat in the Western Conference, especially when the top part is full of teams with two superstar level players.

It all depends on how the team can come together, who can break out and surprise as well as how the team retains their skill from last season.

The team is going to have low stretches and high notes. Come February, the rodeo trip is looking to be as gnarly as can be with an insane west coast schedule. Spurs’ fans can only hope that the team will find an extra grip or an unexpectedly high-quality stretch of games.

How will they break the glass and fall into legit contender status? More importantly, how will they keep themselves from a lottery pick for the first time since 1997?