SI on the Spurs - Southwest Division Season Preview
Full article is here: San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, more NBA 2012-13 preview - Rob Mahoney - SI.com
"The Spurs are one of the few teams that can be content with more of the same, even if their season didn't end as Tim Duncan and Co. might have hoped. Gregg Popovich succeeded magnificently in yet again redefining his team's approach last year, and the Spurs rocketed their way to the best record in the West by virtue of leading the NBA in points scored per possession. San Antonio may not have made any notable acquisitions over the last few months, but it's also preserved every bit of the league's deepest rotation, and thereby protected the roots of its unpredictably dynamic offense."
Players To Watch
San Antonio's highly anticipated Brazilian import has established strong per-minute numbers over his first two seasons (16.0 ppg, 9.8 rpg and 1.2 blocks per 36 minutes). That said, the Spurs -- and basketball fans at large -- are nonetheless still waiting for Splitter to emerge as something more than a merely useful reserve big man. Splitter may never fully live up to his intended purpose as a versatile frontcourt counterpart to Duncan (the lineup data accumulated to date certainly doesn't speak well of their specific chemistry), but his instincts and mobility should soon beget a far more instrumental player.
Where is Kawhi Leonard's ceiling? Few Spurs (if any) have been afforded the unequivocal praise that Gregg Popovich has heaped on second-year forward Leonard, and understandably so; not only is Leonard a remarkably advanced defender for his age and experience level, but his personality and instincts also make him a perfect on-court extension of Popovich's strategic ideals. Leonard became a defensive difference-maker and offensive cog as a rookie, but what more can we expect from the young Spur going forward?
So in other words, expect a great regular season but don't get your hopes up, Splitter is still going to underwhelm us, and nobody knows how well KY will do this year. Yep, pretty much the same as last year.
Except last year I don't think the team was even remotely considered to be one of the best in the division, remember the Spurs are too old......
Yes SilverSpur, I think thats how they like it.
in that division, we'll be favored to win it. Western Conference we'll be a dark horse and i don't think that's a bad thing either.
Spurs vs Anyteam = Bad Rating
David Stern quotes to refs....Make sure Refs that the Spurs don't make it to the next round.
Come'on man.....We know K. Leo is gonne be a beast this year, I've been saying this all along! :wink
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