The San Antonio Spurs are off to the best start in franchise history — and given franchise history, that’s some serious ball. Getting to 35-6 with a comeback win against the Cavaliers, the refashioned Spurs are also undefeated at home. They’d be the talk of the NBA if they didn’t still trail the amazing defending champion Golden State Warriors, who are 37-3 after beginning the season with 24 straight wins. (The Warriors are also undefeated at home.)
The Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard is having the kind of season that puts him in MVP chatter. The classic Spurs lineup has been bolstered by LaMarcus Aldridge and David West. It’s hard to tell, given the general excellence of both the Spurs and the Warriors this year, exactly who has the edge. Here’s an interesting stat: the Spurs average point differential is 14.1; the Warriors differential is 11.7. Of course the difference is not even a three-pointer in what are already double digit victories. Any point differential in double digits speaks for itself. And opposing field goal percentage — probably more significant — is nearly identical for both teams.