Breaking Down San Antonio Spurs’ Center Position for 2014-15 Season

In today’s NBA, positions hold less weight than they did in previous decades. Whereas experimental lineups were saved for a select group of squads in the past, the five-man lineups that grace the hardwood today all have their own quirks and peculiarities. 

Some utilize small forwards at the 4, while others feature dual-point guard sets. However, even with structural unorthodoxies trending, nearly every lineup features a man in the middle around whom the offense and defense can operate. The world champion San Antonio Spurs are no different.

Even without depth at the position, the team still trots out a duo of big men capable of providing the team with a defensive backbone and an offensive foundation. And while one player earns more time in the national spotlight, both talents give fans reasons to be optimistic about the Spurs’ center situation for 2014-15.

 

Tim Duncan

I know, Tim Duncan is a power forward.

Historically, that’s been true. Alongside big men like David Robinson and Fabricio Oberto, Duncan manned the 4 slot and earned the reputation as the greatest player that the position has ever seen.

And in 2014-15, he’ll still be a power forward in a large number of the five-man rotations that San Antonio will employ. Next to Tiago Splitter—a 6’11” defensive presence with an offensive game limited to the post—Duncan isn’t the designated center. But in every other situation, the Big Fundamental will assume the center role.

At this point in his career, the 38-year-old’s fundamental play is more than simply a trademark. It has become his livelihood. 

He’s no longer athletically capable of outmaneuvering opponents, nor is he physically dominant enough to simply bully them around inside. That said, there’s a reason he’s still a top post player despite the limitations brought by age.

Duncan’s IQ is off the charts, and he has capitalized by perfecting the aspects of the game unaffected by declining athleticism.

While many of today’s big men—take Dwight Howard, DeMarcus Cousins or Andre Drummond for example—rely on pure dominance to put points on the board, San Antonio’s veteran is tactical. His array of post moves is overflowing, thanks to 17 years of experience, and his status as a legitimate mid-range threat—especially from the elbows—keeps defenses on their toes.  

At his position, he’s one of the best passers in the league—making him a dual threat offensively as both a scorer and a distributor.

And, of course, he’s a stud defensively. He ranked fourth in defensive rating last season, behind Joakim Noah, Andrew Bogut and Paul George, and in the top 10 in defensive win shares. He finished fifth in blocks per game and sixth in defensive rebound percentage.

All while playing under 30 minutes and shouldering more years than anyone in front of him in any category.

From a simple outsider view, Duncan’s window should have shut years ago.

But a closer look will reveal that the veteran has adapted with age, lessening his workload while maintaining his fundamental excellence. In 2014-15, even with monitored minutes, there’s little reason to doubt his ability to return as a top-notch post player on both ends of the floor. 

 

Tiago Splitter

The vast majority of people who identify Duncan as a center and only a center are likely unfamiliar with Tiago Splitter.

That is, unfamiliar beyond the single play that made him a household name for all the wrong reasons. 

But in reality, the Brazilian big man brings a lot to the table, including a skill set that allows Duncan to play the more traditional power forward role when they appear alongside each other—a frequent occurrence in 2013-14, per 82games.

Splitter’s biggest impact lies on the defensive end, even if it goes vastly unnoticed.

He may not strike you as a fearsome rim protector—again, he is more often remembered as the guy getting blocked at the rim, rather than the blocker—but advanced stats show that Splitter is more than capable as an anchor.

Throughout the regular season, he held opponents to the league’s fifth-lowest field-goal percentage at the rim—after weeding out players without a strong sample size—joining elite defensive company in Roy Hibbert, Larry Sanders, Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka.

And, unlike some big men who have earned an undeserved rep as quality defensemen—his success comes from something other than solely the ability to alter shots at the rim. Splitter is a legitimately great defensive player—on the ball and off the ball—in every sense. He doesn’t get caught asleep—he saves that for the offensive end—and reads opponents well. He can provide help defense when necessary, all the while handling tough assignments to lessen Duncan’s burden.

So next time Splitter’s name is brought up, forget his unfortunate encounter with LeBron James in the 2013 Finals. Instead remember him as the under-the-radar defensive backbone to one of the league’s stronger defensive teams.

His offensive game—currently revolving around strong pick-and-roll play and a fantastic distributing ability—is still developing, and his limits on that end have prevented him from earning consistent playing time. That said, he’s trending up offensively and—after a summer leading Brazil in the FIBA World Cup—he may very well make his biggest jump yet.

But even without a dynamic scoring ability, there’s no denying that Splitter is a legitimate center and an ideal complement to Duncan.

He’ll play an important role in the transition into the team’s next era, meaning he may log more minutes without Duncan at his side in order to acclimate him to a world where he’s the primary big. He may spend more time with the second unit than in previous seasons, but that’s more so a reflection of the lack of depth at the position outside of the notable two, rather than a signal of any decline. But even if he loses his starting job to Boris Diaw, Splitter should see an increase in both his playing time and his role.

Even without depth at the position, San Antonio has retained its strength in the middle. And with a hard-nosed unfaltering presence valued significantly on both ends of the floor, the Spurs can rest assured knowing that, with either Duncan or Splitter—and in many cases both—on the court, they’ll have the strength at the center position to compete for a championship once again. 

 

Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are from Basketball-Reference.com.

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Breaking Down San Antonio Spurs’ Small Forward Position for 2014-15 Season

Highlighted by budding superstar Kawhi Leonard, small forward is a solid position for the reigning league champion San Antonio Spurs in 2014-15.

Leonard is the unit’s unquestioned star, while Marco Belinelli was technically his backup due to the backcourt rotation in which he played.

NBA journeyman Austin Daye rounds out the incumbents, but the Spurs added a pass-happy piece to the position during the summer.

Reviewing the performance of the aforementioned trio and factoring offseason changes will help decide what changes, if any, San Antonio needs to make for the upcoming campaign.

 

Grading 2013-14 Performance

Leonard missed 14 regular-season games due to a broken finger, but rumor has it he performed pretty well anyway. The third-year forward was recognized as a NBA All-Defensive second team honoree, the first of what figures to be many such awards.

However, Leonard really did improve after fracturing the metacarpal in his right ring finger against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 22.

And of course, Leonard had a spectacular finish and was named the 2014 NBA Finals MVP following three outstanding performances opposite LeBron James.

Belinelli was on fire to start the season, hovering around 47-50 percent from distance and leading the league in that category for a couple months. The Italian sharpshooter cooled off, but he still posted a career-best 43.0 percent mark behind the arc.

During the playoffs, Belinelli reached double digits just twice in 23 appearances compared to 49 such games through the opening 82.

Some call Daye a small forward, some call him a power forward. But whichever side of the fence you’re on, the midseason acquisition played just 115 total minutes for the Spurs, so it’s not a significant debate, regardless.

Looking back over the entire season, though, San Antonio was largely successful at the position because Leonard picked up Belinelli’s slack when it mattered the most.

Overall Grade: A-

 

What Happened This Offseason?

The Spurs did not lose any small forwards, but they added one in UCLA’s Kyle Anderson with the last selection of the first round of the NBA draft.

Granted, Anderson is basically a 6’8″ point forward because of his superior passing ability. He will be utilized in a variety of ways; spelling Leonard, who often chases the league’s best scorers around the court, is an important responsibility.

Bleacher Report’s Garrett Jochnau believes Anderson’s future with the team is very bright, citing his skill set and organizational fit.

And Anderson needs to be ready immediately, because Leonard has an unpleasant injury history. The San Diego State product has missed 58 games throughout his first three years in the league.

Though he may not necessarily be injury-prone, that label is slowly sneaking up on Leonard. No, it’s not a serious cause for concern at this point, but Anderson certainly helps lessen the impact of a potential absence.

 

Looking Ahead to 2014-15, What to Expect

Leonard is entering the final season of his rookie contract, meaning San Antonio is at least in preliminary internal discussions about an extension. The front office has until Oct. 31 to reach an agreement; otherwise the 23-year-old will be a restricted free agent next offseason.

However, the rising star isn’t worried about that. ”I’m just playing,” Leonard said, per Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today. “The Spurs are a great organization. I’m leaving that to my agent, and I’m sure they’ll come out with a great understanding and a deal. I’m not focused on that at all.”

Belinelli is on the back end of a two-year deal, and Daye‘s contract expires after 2014-15 as well. Ultimately, San Antonio does not need to sign a small forward for its 15th and final roster opening.

As is always the case with Gregg Popovich, playing time will be a fluid situation throughout the entire season. Behind Leonard as the 30-minute-per-night starter, the Spurs’ second unit is a question due to Patty Mills’ shoulder injury and subsequent surgery.

Pop has likely been contemplating ways to replace the team’s 2013-14 breakout performer until his return, and small forward is an important part of that. With that being said, Daye won’t be a major factor and will only receive some scattered minutes.

Cory Joseph can be inserted for Mills, leaving Manu Ginobili and Belinelli in the same roles they occupied last year. This would be a well-rounded group; Joseph provides the defensive spark, Ginobili is the offensive creator and Belinelli shoots threes at a productive rate.

Or, Pop could slide Ginobili to point guard and use Belinelli and Anderson at the 2 and 3, essentially interchangeably. Defense might be a struggle since Belinelli and the rookie are below average on that end, but using Boris Diaw and Tiago Splitter would help offset the weakness.

From an offensive standpoint, though, the trio could form one of the league’s best reserve units. San Antonio is known for its rapid offensive movement, and Anderson fits in seamlessly.

It wouldn’t be surprising to watch Popovich employ a few more strategies at the beginning of the year to find the most effective or efficient backcourt, whichever the mastermind prefers on a given night.

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Can San Antonio Spurs Keep Killer Edge After Getting NBA Finals Revenge?

The San Antonio Spurs were on a mission last season.

“We’re happy to be back here this year,” Spurs big man Tim Duncan told reporters after clinching an appearance in the 2014 NBA Finals. “We’re happy to have another opportunity at it. We’re happy that it’s the Heat again. We’ll be ready for them. We’ve got some experience, obviously, from last year against them. And we’ll go back and look at some film. … We’ve got that bad taste in our mouths still.”

“We just had a weird year this year,’ Duncan further stated. “We were pressing hard early on and grinding on each other, just because of what happened last year. We were able to settle ourselves down. I’m proud of the team for just being ready, just not letting that weigh on us and using it as an excuse for anything. We’re back here now, and we want to get it done this time.”

The comments were a rare glimpse into Duncan’s raw emotion.

As The Washington Post‘s Michael Lee observed, “Duncan has been notoriously bland to media for most of his 17-year career, choosing to bury his personality with thoughtful but intentionally boring quotes that help him avoid unwanted attention.”

In a game that’s as psychological as it is tactical, San Antonio’s battle-tested troops faced a difficult return to form. 

There was a very real risk that the club would emerge from the ashes as a demoralized shell of its former self. Instead, a diligent march through the Western Conference—after a season in which San Antonio claimed the league’s best record—proved the Spurs either had short memories or simply understood how to make the most of their trauma.

At the time, head coach Gregg Popovich explained:

I think our guys, they actually grew from the loss last year. I call it fortitude. I think they showed an unbelievable amount of fortitude. If I can compliment my own team humbly, to have that tough loss, especially the Game 6, and not have a pity party, and come back this year and get back to the same position, I think that’s fortitude…I’m really proud of them, and even happier for them.

While it took fortitude to overcome a historically disappointing collapse in the 2013 Finals, that collapse wasn’t without a silver lining. There’s little doubt it went on to fuel San Antonio’s championship pursuit a season later, offering no shortage of determined motivation along the way.

The Spurs had a five-point lead with 28 seconds remaining in Game 6 of the Finals in 2013. 

Thanks to some shoddy rebounding and Ray Allen’s three-point heroics, that lead evaporated. In turn, the Spurs went on to lose Game 6 in overtime—and then Game 7 as well. It was a reversal of fortune that wasn’t easily forgotten.

“At some point during the day, it goes through my head,” Popovich explained to the media in January. “I’ve said it a lot of times. My hope is that over time I’ll think about it every two days, and then every week and then every month and then that kind of thing.”

By now, 2013′s catastrophic implosion should be a distant memory for Popovich and his now-vindicated roster.

On the brink of the 2014 rematch, NBCSports.com’s Brett Pollakoff noted, “The Finals loss was as painful as they come for the Spurs, and they’ve overcome that disappointment admirably by methodically marching back to this point to have a rare shot at redemption.”

And now the franchise has an equally rare shot at winning back-to-back titles, something it’s never done despite five championships during the Duncan era.

Though the opportunity will almost certainly preserve some measure of fire and fortitude, the reality remains that the 2014-15 Spurs will have a radically different mindset than the one that kept them going a season ago.

Now they’re victors, world champions. Duncan has five rings to his name, and the organization is almost certainly beginning to at least think about its next chapter, the one in which younger pieces like Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard take the torch.

Indeed, there’s a temptation to view the entirety of next season as something of a victory parade, perhaps one last go-round in Duncan’s iconic career.

In times as happy as these, it’s a bit hard to imagine the Spurs playing like men possessed once again.

The bitterness is gone, and the otherworldly focus may go with it.

On paper, of course, this team is virtually identical to the one that swiftly schooled the Heat in a lopsided five-game series last season.

Free agents Boris Diaw and Patty Mills will both return (though the latter will miss a few months with a shoulder injury). Duncan put off retirement for at least another season. Point guard Tony Parker even inked an extension, though he would have been under contract this season anyway. Popovich also agreed to a multiyear extension, likely ensuring he coaches even beyond Duncan’s eventual retirement.

Were trips to the Finals merely about talent and coaching, the Spurs would seem locks to repeat. 

But the reality of title success is more complicated. Beyond the luck, rhythm and chemistry that have to converge at the right time, winning ventures require inspiration. It can be the difference between the killer instinct San Antonio displayed in 2014, and the apparent lack of focus that doomed its effort a year prior.

What will inspire these Spurs? Could they suffer the same kind of complacency that seemingly infected Miami as it enjoyed its fourth straight trip to the Finals? 

San Antonio’s roster has long been admired for its even-keeled, business-like approach. With Duncan leading the way, the Spurs never get too high, and they never get too low.

But that seemed to change ever-so-slightly last season. After a tightly contested first-round series against the frisky Dallas Mavericks served as a wake-up call, the Spurs demonstrated renewed intensity for the remainder of the postseason.

And it’s that intensity that could be missing going forward.

The good news is that Popovich is a master of the game’s mental component. He has his finger on the team’s pulse and knows what buttons to push. That may not be a substitute for the last season’s quest for sweet revenge, but it should keep this team in the title mix.

From there, the Spurs may have to start thinking about things like legacy, about the detractors who argue no dynasty is complete without back-to-back titles. They may have to manufacture the kind of narrative that came so naturally a season ago.

The Heat may no longer stir this team at a primal emotive level, but LeBron James still lurks in the Eastern Conference, looking to establish a new dynasty of his own.

Perhaps an opportunity to again thwart the familiar foe’s ambitions will be all the motivation San Antonio needs.

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Atlanta Hawks in Line to Become the Eastern Conference San Antonio Spurs

There can only be one version of the San Antonio Spurs, but the Atlanta Hawks are doing their darnedest to make sure that’s an inaccurate statement.

No longer are the perennially middling Hawks content retaining their old identities. They aren’t pigeonholed into mediocrity by Joe Johnson’s mega-contract anymore, and the franchise has finally found some direction during Danny Ferry’s tenure as general manager.

That direction points right at the Spurs, who just happen to be the organization everyone would love to use as a model.

This is by no means an overnight process, but the Hawks are now on the right track as they work toward becoming the Eastern Conference’s version of the defending champions.  

 

Hiring the Protege 

Divvying out credit for the Spurs’ success over the past two decades isn’t an easy task, especially because every level of the organization has been absolutely incredible. 

San Antonio has been blessed with one of the game’s best general managers (R.C. Buford), a man who has found draft steals just like his predecessor (some guy named Gregg Popovich) while pioneering the extreme international movement and signing players to one value contract after another. As if that wasn’t enough, Pop has made the Spurs consistently excellent on the sidelines, establishing himself as a coaching legend in the process. 

Not only is the man with a sardonic sense of humor during between-quarter interviews the best coach in today’s NBA, but he’s become a virtual lock for the hypothetical coaching Mount Rushmore, right up there with Pat Riley, Phil Jackson and Red Auerbach

Of course, it’s hard to find success without players. 

The organization was lucky to move so seamlessly from the David Robinson era to the Tim Duncan one, and it’s also helped to have mainstays like Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, as well as a constant stream of high-quality role players willing to buy into the system. And now it seems as though the Kawhi Leonard era will be a successful one as well. 

Atlanta hasn’t gained access to a transcendent superstar like Duncan or “The Admiral,” but it has been quietly putting together a potent roster under Ferry’s supervision. 

Now the Hawks obviously weren’t going to lure Popovich himself to Hotlanta, but they managed to find the closest thing—Mike Budenholzer

Coach Bud began his NBA career as a video coordinator for the Spurs back in 1994-95, and he would quickly move up the ranks. He began serving as an assistant coach during the 1996-97 season, a campaign in which Pop fired Bob Hill and began doing the coaching himself. It was a controversial move at the time, but it sure turned out nicely. 

After seven seasons as the lead assistant on Pop’s bench, he finally got his chance to serve as a head coach. 

It’s not hard to see the connection. After all, Budenholzer was hired by Popovich in 1994, and the two have worked closely ever since. Beyond that, Bud earned his superior’s unbridled trust, as Pop explained prior to the 2013-14 season in an interview with Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

He was my right-hand man. He came through the ranks. I first brought him into the film room 17 years ago or something like that, or more, I can’t remember but he started there for several years. I put him on the bench and he moved up. As time went on I depended on him more and more. He became my top assistant, top confidant, but over time he’s just acquired an ability to understand the whole deal.

There are some golden quotes throughout that interview, but that level of trust just about says it all. 

With Budenholzer at the helm, the Hawks should be able to establish an identity, one much like that possessed by the Spurs. They’ll prioritize ball movement, three-point shooting and solid defense, even if it comes in an unglamorous style that seems like a poor fit for an arena nicknamed “The Highlight Factory.” 

Even after just one season, Budenholzer has already established himself as an up-and-comer in the coaching ranks. Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale called him part of the next wave of elites on the sidelines of the Association, making him one of just six coaches to earn such a distinction. 

If you’re trying to build the Eastern Conference version of the Spurs, there’s no better start than hiring a man who worked with Popovich for 19 years, proving himself a valuable right-hand man with his in-game adjustments and private arguments that sparked San Antonio’s creative processes. 

 

The Results

The Hawks weren’t particularly impressive during Budenholzer‘s first season in charge, but you could already see the makings of a special, Spurs-like unit. 

“The ball moves more crisply and frequently than ever; Budenholzer‘s Hawks ranked first in assist percentage last year,” Favale wrote. “The more you watched them play, the more you wondered what Budenholzer could do with a Hawks team at full strength.”

It’s that last clause that’s so key, as the Hawks were forced to play much of the season without Al Horford, who tore his pectoral muscle about a third of the way into the year. As the big center sat out the remainder of the campaign, Atlanta sunk from competing for the No. 3 spot in the East to struggling its way into the postseason festivities, where it challenged the No. 1-seeded Indiana Pacers and ultimately fell short in its upset bid. 

But let’s go back to that No. 1 ranking in assist percentage. 

According to NBA.com’s statistical databases, Atlanta literally recorded assists on two-thirds of its made buckets from the field. The Chicago Bulls placed second (65.4 percent), and only the Los Angeles Lakers (63.9), Los Angeles Clippers (62.8), Spurs (62.1), Minnesota Timberwolves (61.6) and Washington Wizards (60.1) managed to finish above 60 percent. 

However, let’s make Leonardo DiCaprio proud and go deeper

SportVU data shows that Atlanta created more points off assists during the average game than any other team, barely beating out—you guessed it—the Spurs. The Hawks also finished No. 1 in assist opportunities per game, while San Antonio checked in at No. 4, trailing the Lakers and ‘Wolves, who were respectively aided by passing specialists named Kendall Marshall and Ricky Rubio. On top of that, only the Spurs and Clippers recorded more secondary assists than Jeff Teague and Co. 

The wins will come in time; what’s important now is to establish a stylistic foundation, which Budenholzer did quite well in his first season at the helm.

And it was about more than the passing. 

Rarely will I recommend an article with more fervor than this one by Bleacher Report’s Grant Hughes, which breaks down how the Spurs were largely responsible for the NBA’s corner-three revolution. Budenholzer brought that mentality aboard, but he also pushed the issue even further. 

Instead of just focusing on the corners, he bought into the analytic idea that all triples should be shot with more frequency. The Atlanta head coach is very much in tune with the statistical aspect of the sport, and it showed, as there’s been a push within the analytic community for a drastic uptick in overall three-point numbers. 

Grantland’s Zach Lowe explained this when he penned a terrific piece about the NBA’s new SportVU cameras near the end of the 2012-13 campaign: 

The analytics team is unanimous, and rather emphatic, that every team should shoot more threes—including the Raptors and even the Rockets, who are on pace to break the NBA record for most three-point attempts in a season.

Later on in Lowe’s article, which you should read in its entirety, there’s more:

[Dwane] Casey is obviously right that [DeMar] DeRozan is a bad three-point shooter. But the analytics team argues that even sub–35 percent three-point shooters should jack more threes, and that coaches should probably spend more time turning below-average three-point shooters into something close to average ones.

As I broke down here, NBA shooters need only connect at roughly a 28 percent clip from beyond the arc in order to make a statistical case for their efforts. There are various reasons this is met with speculation, but those are tangential at this time. 

The point is simply that the Hawks should shoot more threes from all over, and that’s exactly what Budenholzer had them do during his first season in charge: 

That’s a pretty sizable difference, one that shows across-the-board increases. And here’s where it’s important to establish exactly what it means to follow in San Antonio’s footsteps. 

In order to build a team using that Spurs blueprint, a team doesn’t have to mimic them completely. It doesn’t have to design plays that result in corner threes, run plenty of off-ball screens or allow its point guard to work his way past a succession of picks. They don’t have to have Popovich on the sideline and Buford in the front office. 

Sure, Atlanta is also doing plenty of other Spursy things—placing a priority on drafting international prospects, attempting to use Jeff Teague like Tony Parker, adding wing defenders and making signings that don’t financially cripple the team down the road, among other things—but the specifics aren’t important. 

What made the Spurs so special—and what continues to make them special, for that matter—is a willingness to be on the cutting edge.

San Antonio has long been innovative in how it goes about its business, figuring out a leaguewide inefficiencies and capitalizing upon them. That was done with the international flavor, just as it was with the corner-three revolution. 

However, those facets of the sport are public knowledge now, and they’re readily taken advantage of by plenty of NBA teams. It’s a situation not too different from the infamous Moneyball revolution initiated by Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s, as the remaining MLB teams started prioritizing on-base percentage and defense until it was no longer a market inefficiency. 

What makes these Hawks so exciting, and what allows them to shape themselves in San Antonio’s image, is their willingness to take advantage of the new cutting-edge developments, like shooting a ridiculous number of threes and passing the ball more than anyone else. 

It takes a lot of skill and a lot of luck to create a dynasty. 

Atlanta is a long way from even sniffing that classification, and it would be a nice first step just to escape mid-level mediocrity, which the team could very well do after Horford returns to the lineup for the 2014-15 campaign. However, with the right system in place and the best possible choice holding a clipboard, the Hawks are setting themselves up perfectly. 

Are they the Eastern Conference’s version of the Spurs heading into this next campaign? Absolutely not. 

But they could be down the road, and that has to be considered a nice breath of fresh air for Atlanta’s beleaguered fanbase. 

 

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Spurs’ Belinelli isn’t messing around with his offseason training. Pulls an SUV with ropes!

San Antonio Spurs’ Marco Belinelli is either training for the next summer Olympics or he really wants to report to training camp in shape.
I would say he really wants to come into next season in great shape and he is getting there by pulling an SUV.
Yeah you read that right, Belinelli is pulling an SUV as part of his offseason regiment.
Don’t believe me? Check out Marco doing some serious training (via Project Spurs). Talk about motivation to get up off the couch and run a few laps.
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Cuban: Mavs should have beaten Spurs in playoffs

File this under “should have, would have, could have.” The San Antonio Spurs had a relatively easy path to the 2014 NBA title except for the opening round series against the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas tested San Antonio and pushed the Spurs to seven games before eventually falling in San Antonio. However, at the end of the […]

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Becky Hammon’s big goal as Spurs assistant coach

Becky Hammon hopes to inspire others to dream bigger in sports, she told USA TODAY Sports.

      
 

 

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Spurs assistant Becky Hammon

      
 

 

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San Antonio Spurs: Analysis On Their 2 Offseason Additions

San Antonio Spurs: Analysis On Their 2 Offseason Additions
By Ciaran Mills: Staff Writer At Hoopstuff…
The Spurs had yet another successful off-season, managing to re-sign all of the primary pieces of their championship winning squad. As well as that, they gave contract extensions to head coach Gregg Popovich, and star point guard Tony Parker, while Tim Duncan exercised his player option, meaning he will stay with the Spurs for another year. They also managed to bring in two rookies, one of them brought in through the draft process, one signed after the draft. These young guys will bring some youth to the team, perhaps the only thing the Spurs need, as their squad is one of the oldest in the league.
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After leaving the 2014 NBA Draft without a team, Bryce Cotton was given a reprieve when the San Antonio Spurs included him in their Summer League squad. He obviously impressed, as the Spurs soon signed him up to a 2 year deal worth $1.35 million. But it looks like a year…

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Hammon hire shows Spurs’ vision

Spurs send simple message with assistant coaching hire: The right person will get the job.

      
 

 

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