San Antonio Spurs are Best Team in Basketball

1/30/13 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Every year it is the same story. There is a trendy or flashy team that rises the ranks in almost all NBA Power Rankings around the internet, yet the San Antonio Spurs seem to fly beneath the radar each and every season - and they wouldn't want it any other way.  

Tim Duncan has looked like the Timmy from 8 years ago on a nightly basis while playing a manageable 30 minutes per game and sitting out from time to time at the sole discretion of the best head coach in the NBA, Gregg Popovich. Duncan is putting up 18 points, 10 rebounds 3 assists and 3 blocks a night. He's even shooting a staggering 83% from the free throw line, which is uncharacteristic of the big man, a career 69% shooter from the charity stripe. 

Jan 30, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) drives to the basket against Charlotte Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo (behind) during the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY SportsBut the Spurs are so much more than just Tim Duncan or Tony Parker, who is having another great season as well averaging 20 points, 7.5 assists and 3 rebounds. The Spurs have always been greater than the sum of its parts. They have the top bench in the league while most casual fans might think that with the increased media attention, the Clippers would hold that spot. They are tops in the league in assists and third in scoring --> yes third. 

Almost everyone associates defense and boring fundamental sets with the Spurs, and you do get that, but they are a high scoring team with the deepest roster in basketball. With guys like Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Gary Neal, Danny Green, Boris Diaw, Tiago Splitter, Matt Bonner, etc., Pop has full confidence that any lineup he has on the court will get the job done.

And why blame him? At 37-11, the Spurs could potentially run away with the Western Conference, but that remains to be seen with both the Thunder and Clippers within 2 1/2 games of the Spurs. They are riding a 9-game win streak and a 17-game home win streak, they don't appear to be slowing down any time soon. 

Best start paying attention to the Rodeo Kings. The Spurs are out for revenge this season after relinquishing a 2-0 series lead against the Thunder in the Conference Finals. 
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