SAN ANTONIO – The NBA released the 2016-17 regular season schedule on Thursday and the San Antonio Spurs are featured in several high profile games.
The Spurs begin the new campaign on Oct. 25 on the road against Golden State.
They play LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers on March 27 at home and on Jan. 21 at Quicken Loans Arena.
Other key games on the schedule include:
Oklahoma City on at home on Jan. 31 and on the road on March 9 and March 31.
Dallas on at home on Nov. 21 and Jan. 29 and on the road on Nov. 30 and April 7.
Houston on at home on Nov. 9 and March 6 and on the road on Nov. 12 and Dec. 20.
For the first time nearly 20 seasons, the Spurs will hit the court without Tim Duncan, who retired this offseason.
Duncan’s retirement was a large part of a summer of transition for the franchise.
The Spurs traded Boris Diaw and lost Boban Marjanovic and David West to free agency. As of Thursday, they had not resigned veteran Matt Bonner.
They countered those losses by adding several new players to the roster, including former All-Stars Pau Gasol and David Lee.
The Spurs are also expecting larger contributions from a crop of younger and athletic players led by Kyle Anderson, Jonathon Simmons and first round draft pick Dejounte Murray.
Despite the youth movement and Duncan’s retirement, the rest of the team’s core remains in place.
Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge return after All-Star seasons, while Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili will take part in their 15th season together as teammates with the Spurs.
The Spurs are predicted by NBA analysts to remain a top three team in the Western Conference with Golden State being the prohibitive favorite.