- Created on Friday, 21 September 2012 03:21
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by David Rountree
In the NBA, it’s easy to become blinded by the hype produced by star-power and to ignore the facts. The fact is the San Antonio Spurs will be serious contenders for the NBA Title next season, simply because they have the players to do so.
All the hype currently surrounds the Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers, and the star-power they possess out West. Already people are again overlooking the potent ‘team concept’ of the Spurs. It was that same concept that gave them the best record in the Western Conference last season.
Still most experts and fans will say the Spurs are ‘too old’ to contend but nevertheless the Spurs will still find themselves deep in the playoffs--again. Despite the doubters, this team will go into next season with certain advantages that could propel them to the NBA Finals.
- Next season the NBA returns to its grueling 82 game schedule and it will test the limits of team rosters. The Spurs have the deepest team in the NBA; they have players like Boris Diaw, Stephen Jackson, and Manu Ginobili coming off their bench. Those players could easily crack the starting five on other teams. Ginobili for one has reinvented the concept of being a ‘sixth man’ and continues to fortify the Spurs’ second unit.
- Also Stephen Jackson will be with the Spurs for a full season, so look for him to have a bigger role in the offense. He is capable late-game scorer that the Spurs desperately need in crunch time.
- Coach Greg Popovich has evolved into a coach with a balanced attack, learning how to match a sturdy defense with a free-moving offensive scheme. He is definitely the best coach in the NBA right now and the reigning “Coach of the Year” award recipient.
- Look for him and the Spurs to take advantage of this year’s full training camp session by developing the Spurs’ younger talent into solid contributors.
- Popovich may also look to give Kawhi Leonard (Second year player) more offensive responsibility, which could prove to be huge later in the year.
- The trio of Duncan/Parker/Ginobili is still a potent formula, even with Duncan and Ginobili slowing down a bit. Parker’s game has improved and has really picked up the scoring slack for the other two.
- Duncan continues to rebound and defend at an all-star level, and Ginobili is still the heart and soul of the team. The power of the pick n roll play has rejuvenated both players’ offensive games and allowed them to be utterly devastating in the paint.
- These players are all capable of making game-changing plays, and when all three are clicking the Spurs are a very tough out.