The San Antonio Spurs have a league-best record, 42-12. They also have one of the oldest teams in the NBA. One may ask, “How does San Antonio do this year in and year out?”
San Antonio ranks fourth in points in the NBA (104.2), first in assists (25), ninth in points allowed (95.8) and 25th in rebounds per game. From these statistics, we can draw a few conclusions. San Antonio scores a lot of points. No duh, right? Next, they play as a team because they are always looking for a shot with a higher percentage of being completed. Third, they have a stingy defense. San Antonio does not allow their opponents to put up a lot of points. We can reiterate San Antonio playing as a team here, also. San Antonio plays excellent help defense. None of their players are known for their defensive prowess, which makes their statistics even more intriguing.
Last season, San Antonio was in a similar situation. They had one of the best records in the league. However, they did not earn a trip to the 2012 NBA Finals due to losing Western Conference Championship to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Although Oklahoma City traded James Harden earlier this season, they are poised to be back in the Western Conference Finals. San Antonio should prepare to face Oklahoma City again, if they want to make the NBA Finals.
The great thing about San Antonio is that they do not have depend on their “Big Three” of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, to win games. San Antonio will need all three of these players to win a championship, though.