By winstonharris on June 26, 2014
Tonight's NBA draft will be quite a spectacle, as it always is. This year's class is considered as good as any in the past few years and teams are maneuvering themselves to get a solid pick. The San Antonio Spurs, on the other hand, are not caught up in the hype; and they never really are. But why? Well here are five reasons why the Spurs aren't concerned about this year's draft.
As the Spurs look at the NBA landscape right now, they should have no doubt they can repeat next year. Major players like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony opting out of their contracts and playing the field is a perfect example of the chaos that will help the Spurs' chances. Trades and free agent movements will just create more of a gap between the elite teams and the rest.
In the 2011 NBA Draft, the Spurs received their future by trading George Hill to the Indiana Pacers. Leonard has more than proven himself to be capable of carrying this team long after the "Big Three" are gone, so this year's draft will just be icing on an already frosted cake.
Although the roster isn't complete yet, the Spurs are in great position to return most of the vital contributors for next year. We can assume Manu Ginobili will return since "Timmy" announced his decision to opt in to his contract. With the core group back again, the Spurs look to be the favorites -- draft or no draft.
Many players that have helped the Spurs reach dynasty levels of achievement weren't the biggest names in the draft. You may hear the Spurs select a guy no one has ever heard of, but he may have a ring within the next three years. San Antonio has a propensity for taking unknown players with specific gifts and molding them into functioning parts of the championship machine they are.
It's not a surprise that the greatest power forward of all time has not made headlines for opting in to a contract like his counterparts have for opting out. Tim Duncan has somehow managed to freeze time and almost looked even better during the process. With Duncan back for another year, the draft is the least of the Spurs' concerns. They know they have the biggest piece of the championship puzzle.
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