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Spurred on by Early 1st Round Exit, San Antonio Will Win 5th NBA Championship
The Spurs are on a mission. Competing for the NBA championship is a great motivator for any team, but losing in the first round to a team seeded 8th the year before can also inspire a whole lot more motivation. In a subtle and under the radar approach, which is appropriate for this mainly introverted squad, San Antonio once again earned the number one seed in the west and acquired pivotal pieces before and during the season.
Drafting Kawhi Leonard in the first round of the 2011 draft provided the team with an athletic small forward with a high basketball IQ, as well as an agile player who can defend multiple positions. The Spurs traded for Stephen Jackson who helped the team win the title in 2003 before the trade deadline. When placed in a crucial role on a contending team, the guy's a gamer. The team also signed Boris Diaw, who was bought out by the Charlotte Bobcats. Diaw is a versatile scorer who can gain points in a myriad of ways. Patty Mills was also brought in to back up Tony Parker.
These moves along with the battle-tested, veteran Big Three of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Parker will add to another championship banner for the Spurs. The roster is filled with players who know their roles, carefully constructed by arguably the best GM, R.C Buford, and best coach, Greg Popovich, in the NBA. Popovich was recently named the Coach of the Year for the second time and is acknowledged as one of the finest coaches in league history. They may not be flashy, outspoken, or the sexiest team in the NBA, but the Spurs mean business and the rest of the teams better take notice.