|2012-13 Team Rating|
|7th Overall||3rd Overall|
2012-13 Season Stats
Can Tim Duncan keep being an All-NBA first teamer even after he gets his AARP card? Tiago Splitter is improving and Kawhi Leonard is exploding.
Manu Ginobili is 36 and Tony Parker is 31 and the Spurs have not thought about replacing them because, well, look what they've done. Danny Green is growing.
The Spurs went back to their roots last season to become the third-best defensive team in the league and it took them to The Finals. Nothing changes.
Sharpshooting Marco Belinelli should adequately replace Gary Neal and forward Jeff Pendergraph should get more run than DeJuan Blair in the front court.
Gregg Popovich will go into the season without right-hand man Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta) and Brett Brown (Philly). But he's still the best in the NBA.
The biggest question coming out of the Spurs' run to the NBA Finals was whether there would be any thought given to letting go of 36-year-old veteran Manu Ginobili after an injury-plagued and inconsistent season. Ginobili himself even raised the possibility of retirement during his playoff struggles. But the answer came quickly as the club signed the Argentine whiz for two more years, meaning that's how long you'll get to see the greatest trio of the past 20 years.
While Ginobili's edges are frayed, Tim Duncan was a wonder at 37 last season and Tony Parker keeps making a stealth bid as the best point guard in the league. Then there is Kawhi Leonard, whom coach Gregg Popovich once called "the future face of the franchise." This could be the season Leonard blossoms into an All-Star and carries more of the team every night. The Western Conference is definitely stronger, but one would only be foolish to count the Spurs out for next June again.
-- Fran Blinebury
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||B+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||A-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||C|
|New Orleans Pelicans||C-|
|New York Knicks||B|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||B+|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|