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San Antonio

Spurs

Southwest

2012-13 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
108.3101.6
7th Overall3rd Overall
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2012-13 Season Stats

W

58

L

24

PCT

.707

GB

0

CONF

33-19

DIV

12-4

HOME

35-6

ROAD

24-18

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
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.

A

BckCourt
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.

B

Defense
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.

A

Bench
Sharpshooting Marco Belinelli should adequately replace Gary Neal and forward Jeff Pendergraph should get more run than DeJuan Blair in the front court.

B

Coaching
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.

A

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A

Summary

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

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing