When: Sat., Oct. 29, 7 p.m. 2016
After a couple of road games in California to open the season, the Kawhi Leonard era officially tips off in San Antonio for the Spurs this Saturday. Leonard is coming off his first All-Star campaign and wisely passed on the Olympics in Rio to spend time with his newborn daughter. In the absence of Tim Duncan, the Spurs will count on Leonard to continue to grow as leader, as his polished game steadily evolves. Regarded by many as the best two-way player in the NBA, Leonard enters the season with a shot at a rare third-straight Defensive Player of the Year Award. A trio of fresh big men including former All-Stars Pau Gasol and David Lee, along with newcomer Dewayne Dedmon, arrive to reinforce the paint for a Spurs defense that, like Leonard, will be critical to San Antonio’s success this season.