7. San Antonio Spurs


2010-11 Record: 61-21 (Lost in 1st Round to Memphis, 4-2)
Key Returning Players: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli
Key Additions: T.J. Ford
Key Losses: George Hill
This Week: vs. Memphis, Monday (12/26); vs. L.A. Clippers, Wednesday (12/28); @ Houston, Thursday (12/29); vs. Utah Saturday (12/31)

The Spurs had the second-most wins in the NBA. They return a first ballot, in-the-convo-for-top-10-of-all-time Hall of Famer in Tim Duncan, plus Tony Parker and the invaluable Manu Ginobili. So why do we have them ranked so low to start the season? Because they're as boring as fruitcake (not to mention they pulled a serious fade at the end of last year—these dudes look old). This is either the year the Spurs ride off into the sunset (without anybody outside of San Antone really caring)—or the year they make a stirring run to the Finals and give a bunch of talking heads a platform to wax stupid about the virtues of franchise loyalty and teamwork blah blah blah. See? Fun as fruitcake! Lockout-induced scheduling quirk: The Spurs face the Lakers three times this season, all in a 9-day span in April. —Jack Erwin