Spurscast: The Spurs’ Surprising Start to the Season

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In Spurscast episode 673, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Collin Reid discuss: 

  • The Spurs’ surprising 5-game start to the season
  • The Spurs on both ends of the floor
  • Analysis of the Spurs’ core rotation players
  • Charles Bassey being signed to a two-way contract
  • A trade rumor involving Josh Richardson

The Spurs’ surprising 5-game start to the season

The San Antonio Spurs, underdogs in every game this season, are off to a surprising 3-2 start with impressive road wins in Philadelphia and Minnesota. The Spurs finished their first road trip of the season going 3-1.

The Spurs on both ends of the floor

Through five games, the Spurs have the 11th-ranked offense and the 24th-ranked defense. A key reason for the Spurs’ strong start on offense has been catching opponents off guard with their pace, their ball movement, and their 3-point shooting.

Analysis of the Spurs’ core rotation players

With All-Star Dejounte Murray now in Atlanta, Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson have taken the responsibility of being the go-to players for San Antonio. The Spurs still have Jakob Poeltl as their anchor on defense and he moves the ball on offense, while Tre Jones has been steady in his new role as the starting point guard. Rookie Jeremy Sochan is showing off his defensive versatility, while his offense has been improving game by game.

Off the bench, veteran shooters Josh Richardson and Doug McDermott have been efficient in their minutes, while Josh Primo has been creating for his teammates, but struggling to score. Zach Collins rounds out the bench unit and he’s been efficient with his blocks in each game.

Charles Bassey being signed to a two-way contract

Monday the Spurs waived two-way guard Jordan Hall and signed Bassey to a two-way contract.

A trade rumor involving Josh Richardson

The Los Angeles Lakers have explored an early interest in Richardson according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.

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