The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
Is this the year that Father Time will finally defeat the San Antonio Spurs? For the last four to five years sports talking heads have been trying to anticipate the end of the run for the Spurs. Last season they came within a few possessions of halting LeBron James for the second time. Looking forward to this coming year the Spurs once again look like one of the best groups in the Western Conference.
Whenever talking about the group from San Antonio the conversation has to start with their “Big Three.” Tony Parker had a MVP caliber year as he brought in 20.3 points per game along with 7.6 assists. Unfortunately, his play fell apart in the NBA Finals which many pointed to the French guard potentially being exhausted from the high volume he put out all year.
Tim Duncan continued his Hall of Fame campaign as he earned 17.8 points and 9.9 rebounds each night. He's 37 years old coming into this season so one must wonder if he will continue to play at a high clip. The same has been said for Manu Ginobili who has already shown signs of slowing down. His statistical figures were well below his career averages and he had some key mistakes in the NBA Finals. The questions about his potential retirement has been raised during the off season, but he's set to return this year.
Danny Green had a coming out party of sorts during the Spurs post season run. He's expected to play a bigger role this season. Kawhi Leonard also played well as he contributed 11.9 points and 6 rebounds every outing. He should get more exposure on the court as well this year. Names such as Matt Bonner, Boris Diaw and Marco Belinelli add additional weapons to the Spurs second unit which is how Coach Gregg Popovich has built his best teams.
This year the San Antonio Spurs should be interesting to watch as they always are. If they can manage minutes effectively enough they can make another late season run.
Expected Started Roster with 2012-2013 Stats
Tony Parker, PG: 20.3 PPG, APG 7.6
Danny Green, SG: 10.5 PPG, 3.1 RPG
Kawhi Leonard, SF: 11.9 PPG, 6 RPG
Boris Diaw, PF: 5.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG
Tim Duncan, C: 17.8 PPG, 9.9 RPG
Expected Season Finish
4th in the Western Conference