|2011-12 Team Rating|
|1st Overall||11th Overall|
2011-12 Season Stats
Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw have new contracts in a very status-quo offseason for the Spurs. Kawhi Leonard will try to build on his all-rookie season. DeJuan Blair still is the target of trade talks, and might be the only real subtraction.
Manu Ginobili turned 35 during the Olympics and Tony Parker is 30, but no cavalry was called for this season because none is needed.
The Spurs should be in great shape when camp opens, with six Spurs competing in the 2012 Olympics: Boris Diaw, Nando De Colo and Parker for France, Tiago Splitter for Brazil, Patty Mills for Australia and Ginobili for Argentina.
The bench is adequately manned but the coaching ranks are a little thin now that assistants Don Newman (lost to Wizards) and Jacque Vaughn (big opportunity as Orlando's new coach) are gone.
One member of the Spurs who wasn't involved in the Olympic tournament is long-deserving: coach Gregg Popovich. Then again, if that means more summer energy focused on 2012-13, that's trouble for the NBA's other 29 teams.
If you classify San Antonio's biggest moves this offseason as simply re-signing its own guys, it might not seem like much of a summer. But if you go by the fact that the Spurs signed Tim Duncan, Daniel Green and Boris Diaw in free agency -- and that they just happened to be entering free agency off the San Antonio roster -- it seems a lot more impressive.
Duncan's decision to keep going made it easy for Spurs management to stick with that plan, too. One of these years, though, one or more of the Big Three will step aside and the quality of the supporting cast will be a rather urgent topic.
-- Steve Aschburner
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||C+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||B|
|Los Angeles Lakers||A|
|New Jersey Nets||A|
|New Orleans Hornets||B+|
|New York Knicks||C|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||C-|
|San Antonio Spurs||B|