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Mike Greenberg thinks it is Kawhi Leonard's turn to claim the MVP trophy, the same way it was Russell Westbrook's turn to take the trophy last season.
The Spurs didn't have the big summer they may have hoped for, but 50-win seasons are almost automatic in San Antonio. Did they do enough to hold on to the No. 2 spot in the West?
Are we underrating the Spurs? Will the new-look Timberwolves live up to their lofty predictions? Our five experts weigh in on the Summer Forecast standings for 2017-18.
The Spurs will open at home on Wednesday, Oct. 18 vs. the Timberwolves. The defending champion Warriors will make their first trip of the season to the AT&T Center on Thursday, Nov. 2.
The Warriors are an overwhelming favorite to repeat in the West, but can the Spurs give them a run for their money after mostly standing pat this summer?
Kawhi Leonard is the only player to finish among the top three in MVP voting in each of the past two seasons, and he is likely the best two-way player in the NBA.
Does Kevin Durant deserve to be the favorite to take home MVP hardware next spring, as our ESPN forecasters predict? Vote now.
Stephen A. Smith breaks with Michael Jordan and names LeBron James and Anthony Davis as the best two-way players in the game, leaving Kawhi Leonard off the list.
Michael Jordan had high praise for Kawhi Leonard, calling the San Antonio Spurs star "the best two-way player in the game right now."
Houston leapfrogged San Antonio with the addition of Chris Paul, though the Spurs remain ahead of all Eastern Conference teams.
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