NBA Power Rankings: Spurs Overachieving After 1st Week of NBA Season?
The San Antonio Spurs have won two straight. But where does that rank them in the NBA power ranking?
The San Antonio Spurs are turning heads after a blowout loss on opening night.
Many people pegged the Spurs to be the worst team in the NBA this year after trading Dejounte Murray to the Atlanta Hawks and prioritizing development rather than contending for the play-in like the team has the past two seasons.
San Antonio’s outlook placed them dead last in The Athletic power rankings at the beginning of the season. The Spurs have jumped four spots to No.1 after their 3-1 start. 26 on this week’s rankings.
Editor’s Note: The Spurs improved to 3-1 on Monday night as they defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road. This could change their ranking slightly going forward. This article was written before their win against the T-Wolves.
“A very surprising start for the San Antonio Spurs,” The Athletic writes. “Why? They won twice! They lost the first game to a Charlotte team that was not very good and was missing its best player.
“Beating Indiana at the Tank Bowl was not surprising, as one of these teams had a chance to win. They went into Philadelphia and had Sixers fans booing the first week. So far, the quartet of Keldon Johnson and Jakob Poeltl as well as Devin Vassell, Tre Jones, and Devin Vassell has been great. If they trade Poeltl to a contender at deadline, Poeltl will bring a nice return to the Spurs. It’s going be difficult for the Spurs keep up this pace, but the first week has shown that San Antonio might not be the team everyone expected.
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