- Created on Monday, 29 July 2013 13:42
- Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 01:05
- Written by David Rountree
The San Antonio Spurs had a modest offseason so far; they kept the team together that got them to the NBA Finals. The team is starting to resemble the 2003 championship Spur team because of the mixture of veterans and young stars on the roster.
Just like that epic season the Spurs must put their faith into younger stars to get them back to the NBA Finals. In 2003 it was a young Manu Ginobili, Stephen Jackson, and Tony Parker—who will it be next season?
3) Danny Green
- Green had a coming out party in the NBA Finals a couple months back but it wasn’t enough to win the trophy. His dazzling performance from the three-point line (55%) fizzled out in the last couple games. Green was exposed by the Miami Heat’s defense.
- Green has to improve on other parts of his offensive game, starting with driving and finishing at the basket. His ball-handling in the Finals was very sub-par. He could also benefit from shooting a mid-range jumper every now then.
2) Tiago Splitter
- Rebounding is the key for Splitter and will prove whether his new contract (4 yrs 36 million) was worth it for the Spurs. He let the team down with averaging only 3 rebounds for the post season, this after averaging about 7 in the regular season. Scoring will come and go but if Splitter can rebound close to double digits a game it would huge for the Spurs. It would keep him on the floor and out of Popovich’s dog house as well.
- Splitter improved his free-throw shooting stroke last season, now it’s time for him to start hitting/making mid-range jumpers. He has to add this to his game because he is a liability on offense when he isn’t being fed the ball on the pick n roll that is.
1) Kawhi Leonard
- Leonard was by far the only bright spot for the Spurs coming off their championship loss, he made great strides in the NBA Finals. Although he did miss some crucial free throws in Game Six, he came through huge for the Spurs. The small forward averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds against the Heat.
- Leonard needs evolve into an all-star type player next season for the Spurs to make it back to the Finals. The Spurs need him to take the ball to the basket and help break down opposing team’s defenses. Mid-range shooting will also be something he will have to add to his game, he is slightly becoming too dependent on the three- point shot.
-He averaged 12 points last season, which has the potential to increase to 16 if the Spurs give him more offensive responsibility. Leonard is now the Spurs’ third threat, replacing the role Manu Ginobili use to thrive in.