With Tip-Off fast approaching here’s an in-depth look at the league, Team by Team.
San Antonio Spurs
Where They Have Been:
The San Antonio Spurs have been the premiere dynasty of the NBA for the past 15 years. With five NBA titles, the combination of Tim Duncan and Greg Popovich will go down as one of the greatest coach/player tandems of all time. With smart acquisitions and the same (albeit aging) core, there is no reason to expect anything less then excellence from this Spurs team.
Who They Have: Starters
The Spurs have retained the exact same starting five as last year. The always reliable Veterans PG Tony Parker and PF Tim Duncan will lead this squad. The younger guys are SG Danny Green (who went on a monstrous tear early in the championship last year), SF Kawhi Leonard, and C Tiago Splitter who will all provide solid defense and smart play in a strictly fundamental team. Leonard has shown flashes of explosiveness, but is more valuable on the defensive side of the ball. The same can be said about Skip Bayless favorite Tiago Splitter who started to come into his own last year.
Who They Have: Bench
San Antonio again brings back mostly the same bench as last year with one stark improvement. Replacing SG Gary Neal will be former Bulls SG Marco Belinelli. Belinelli has had a fantastic preseason and looks to be a big piece off the bench. The other obvious weapon for this team is the multiple sixth man of the year award winner, Manu Ginobili. Ginobili was suffering from injuries last season, but is still a valuable assest to have providing help on all sides of the ball. PG Patty Mills, C Boris Diaw, and the Red Mamba Matt Bonner round out the Spurs bench.
What To Expect:
There is no reason to expect anything less than greatness from an always-competitive Spurs team. While they are getting up there in age, the big three of Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili have shown no signs in slowing up there quest for another ring. Expect a top 4 seed for the fundamentally sound Spurs squad.