2011-12 record: 50-16
First place, Southwest Division
Lost in Western conference finals to OKC
Areas of Strength:
As long as the core group of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker can stay healthy, they're a team with no glaring weaknesses and continue to contend for the championships over the next few seasons. The offense has shifted from low post through Duncan to pick and roll through Parker and they've supplemented the core with the shrewd additions of young players such as Kawhi Leonard, Gary Neal, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter.
The Spurs are deeper than a mountain lake with talent up and down the roster. But if there is one area that could use a boost it would be in finding a big man to eat up some minutes at the four spot as an offensive rebounder and a shot-blocker.
Two Stats That Matter:
13.6 -- Turnovers per game. For a fast-paced team that leads the league in scoring and 3-pointers, the Spurs take care of the ball.
11 -- That's how many players in an incredibly-balanced offense averaged at least 7.9 points per game this season.
The Way To Go:
With no gaping holes in the lineup and only a very late pick at the end of the second round, the Spurs aren't likely looking for much help out of the draft. Then again, they made the draft night deal a year ago that landed Kawhi Leonard. It's time to cut loose DeJuan Blair and try to find another big body to beef up the front line.
2011-12 Team Stats:
Offensive: 108.5 (1st)
Defensive: 100.6 (11th)
G - Tony Parker
G- Manu Ginobili
G/F - Stephen Jackson
F/C - Tiago Splitter
F/C - Matt Bonner
G/F - Kawhi Leonard
G - Cory Joseph
G - Patrick Mills
C - DeJuan Blair
F - Boris Diaw (unrestricted)
F - Tim Duncan (unrestricted)
G/F - Danny Green (restricted)
G - Patrick Mills (restricted)
Recent Draft History:
2011: Cory Joseph (29), Adam Hanga (59)
2010: James Anderson (20), Ryan Richards (49)
2009: DeJuan Blair (37), Jack McClinton (51), Nando De Colo (53)
2008: George Hill (26), Goran Dragic (45), James Gist (57)
2007: Tiago Splitter (28), Marcus Williams (33), Giorgos Printezis (58)
2006: Damir Markota (59)
-- Fran Blinebury