The San Antonio athletes have been invited to participate in the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA campaign at Disney World, but their stay will almost certainly be short.
Earlier this month, the Spurs received rather gloomy news when they learned that LaMarcus Aldridge was going to miss the rest of the season after shoulder surgery at the end of April.
So in principle it will be DeMar DeRozan who will try to lead a group of actors and young people.
However, games have to be played.
Here are the three most important questions San Antonio asks himself as he prepares for his trip to Orlando:
3. Can they arrest anyone?
The Spurs came 27th in the NBA for their defensive effectiveness and were heading for a break, and it’s hard to imagine that they will suddenly improve at Disneyland.
No, Aldridge isn’t a very good defender, but he’s actually decent, with a solid foot and a good leg speed to protect the hacking and rolling. Now the offshoots have to rely on Jacob Poell and Trey Liles to take the lead.
There aren’t many reliable defenders in San Antonio. In fact, most of their players fall into the category of bad defenders.
DeRosan was never known for his defensive abilities. Patty Mills and Rudy Gay usually play on the same side of the field. The less they talk about protecting Marco Belinelli, the better.
Yes, the young trio of Destroy Murray, Derrick White and Lonnie Walker is certainly an impressive defensive group, but most of the Spurs are an indefensible baseball club.
2. How will the tracks replace LaMarcus Aldridge?
Aldridge is not the same player he was a few years ago, but he remains a very reliable offensive threat, with an average of 18.9 points per game, with 49.3 percent on the ground and 38.9 percent from three points away.
DeRozan is clearly the top scorer from the start, but can anyone else claim second place?
It will probably be Gay, who was once a very good striker before he broke his Achilles heel in 2017. But I’m not sure Gay has it. I gave him an average of 20 points more per game (he scored 10 points per game from the bench before he gave up).
The best option for Spur will be the committee review, where Gay, Mills, Bryn Forbes and other top scoring players in the club increase their productivity.
Whether these guys can actually get together to get the job done is another story.
Let’s not forget that none of these players will draw as much attention to the defense as Aldridge.
1. Can Gregg Popovich magic?
Gregg Popovic is widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches in the NBA, but even that mountain is probably too big for him to climb.
We have seen that before the coronavirus pandemic, as before the suspension of the season, the spores were only 27 to 36. Tim Duncan can’t get through that door. Just like Kavi Leonard.
Only the head coach can manage such a limited talent. If someone can make something out of nothing, it’s Popovic, but if he fought for the team a few months ago, how is he going to do that now that Aldridge is gone?
Anything is possible, especially in this strange format, but I don’t see Popovic squeezing another lemon juice.