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San Antonio Spurs Team Overview
2012-13 record: 58-24
First place, Southwest Division
Lost in NBA Finals to Miami Heat

Pre-Draft Analysis

Areas of Strength
As long as Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili can continue pushing at the age -- and imagination -- limits of how long a championship contender can hang together, they'll always be the overlooked team that always has a chance. As coach Gregg Popovich says, the Spurs have institutional knowledge of what it takes to win at the highest level and a trio of core players that lives it. Parker has been unheralded in his rise as perhaps the NBA's best point guard, while Duncan has changed his game to allow it to happen. And over their in shadows, second-year forward Kawhi Leonard is quietly growing into a monster at both ends of the floor.

Needs Work
As long as the clock keeps ticking and the pages come off the calendar, the Spurs will continue to search for an infusion of youth. Tiago Splitter blossomed this season, but th Spurs could still use another big banger to eat up minutes on the front line. They're next to the bottom in the league in offensive rebounding. They had to give up George Hill in trade to get Kawhi Leonard, so it wouldn't hurt to find another backup point guard with size.

Two Stats That Matter
14 -- Consecutive seasons with 50 or more wins, an NBA record that goes hand-in-hand with 16 straight years of making the playoffs.

1 -- Where the Spurs ranked this season in assists, which says so much about team chemistry, moving the ball and getting the good shots that take you to the NBA Finals.

The Way To Go
With the exception of Manu Ginobili, all of the principals are under contract for next season and Manu says that he can't envision himself playing anywhere else and will likely accept less money to stay in San Antonio. If the minutes of Duncan and Ginobili are going to be increasingly managed in the regular season to save them for the playoff runs, the Spurs will keep on with their search for young legs, especially up front, that can carry them through the long regular season. With Ginobili's offense and his deep ball on the way, the Spurs surely wouldn't mind a wing shooter with some size.

2012-13 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank
Offensive: 103.0 (4th
Defensive: 96.6 (11th)

Under Contract
G: Tony Parker
F/C: Tim Duncan
F: Boris Diaw
F: Matt Bonner
G: Danny Green
F: Kawhi Leonard
G: Nando de Colo
G: Cory Joseph
G: Patty Mills
F/C: Aron Baynes

Free Agents
G: Manu Ginobili
C: DeJuan Blair
C: Tiago Splitter
G: Gary Neal (restricted)
G/F:Tracy McGrady

Recent Draft History
2012: Marcus Denmon (59)
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)

-- Fran Blinebury