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NBA Reveals Spurs' Spot in Western Conference Power Rankings

Inside The Spurs on FanNation logo Inside The Spurs on FanNation 8/10/2022 Zach Dimmitt
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After trading Dejounte Murray, the Spurs are in position to be one of the league's worst teams.

The San Antonio Spurs could be prepping for a plethora of losses this season as one of the worst teams in the NBA.

The last time the Spurs finished below 30 wins was in the 1996-1997 season, which resulted in the No. 1 draft selection of someone named Tim Duncan. The Spurs could have enough luck with lottery balls to be in contention for another top selection, but hoping for such events could be a waste of time.

Still, the team would be foolish not to at least try and acquire French superstar Victor Wembanyama, who is seemingly the unanimous choice to go No. 1 overall despite the 2023 NBA Draft being a little over 10 months away.

In the meantime, the Spurs, still led by coach Gregg Popovich, are unlikely to intentionally tank games in order to be in the 25 percent range of landing the No. 1 pick in the draft lottery. 

But if NBA.com's latest release of the Western Conference power rankings are any indication, the Spurs may not have to tank on purpose to get close to such odds.

The Spurs landed at last in the conference at No. 15 in these rankings, behind teams like the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Houston Rockets, who all ranked 11 through 14, respectively. 

Here's the full rankings: 

No. 1 Golden State Warriors

No. 2 Phoenix Suns

No. 3 Los Angeles Clippers

No. 4 Denver Nuggets 

No. 5 Memphis Grizzlies 

No. 6 Dallas Mavericks

No. 7 Minnesota Timberwolves

No. 8 New Orleans Pelicans

No. 9 Los Angeles Lakers

No. 10 Portland Trail Blazers

No. 11 Utah Jazz

No. 12 Sacramento Kings

No. 13 Oklahoma City Thunder

No. 14 Houston Rockets

No. 15 San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs are projected to be led by Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell next season, two talented players that have taken major strides since being drafted.

Overall, there isn't a lack of talent in San Antonio. But with so much youth and the absence of a true second or even third-rate star, the Spurs' home at the bottom of weekly power rankings could become a common residence this season.

The Spurs begin preseason play against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on Sunday, Oct. 2.

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