- Created on Friday, 15 November 2013 09:30
- Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2013 16:21
- Written by David Rountree
The San Antonio Spurs have been a deep squad for the last couple years, but this year the team has taken that concept to a new level. The Spurs are getting production across the board and erasing their weaknesses in the process. The team came into this year with unfulfilled roles in the back-up point guard and small forward positions, but with unlikely players stepping up that is no longer a concern.
Players like Patty Mills, Boris Diaw, and new addition Marco Bellineli are finding their stride. Couple that with players like Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green shooting the ball at a fabulous rate and the team has several wing players the Spurs can depend on nightly.
Then you have the fabulous and clutch play of All-Star Tony Parker, who has been an absolute nightmare for teams in the fourth quarter of games. Parker is continuing his onslaught of floaters and nifty lay-ups in the lane and is showing why he has been a MVP candidate for the last couple years. Parker has been cursing so far this season and is putting opposing point guards to shame. He is averaging about 19 ppg and 7 assists.
Manu Ginobili also is showing some signs of having a very productive season, he has been moving well without the basketball so far. The Argentine star has been playing very smart basketball, not over exerting too often. His game has become a mixed bag of timely three-pointers and crafty drives to the hoop. He is averaging 10 poinst a game and about four assists.
The front court players are also clicking as well; Tiago Splitter looks confident and is rebounding at a much better rate so far this season. His scoring around the basket has looked crisp and sharp. Splitter is averaging about 8 rebounds, two more than last season.
Tim Duncan has remained the anchor of the Spurs’ defense, leading the team in block shots. The Spurs’ recent success has allowed him to rest and not have to exert himself on the offensive end.
The San Antonio Spurs are off to a great start, the team looks hell-bent on making it back to the NBA Finals and so far it looks like they have the depth to actually pull it off.