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5 Reasons Why San Antonio Spurs Have Achieved Unfathomable Success

5 Reasons Why San Antonio Spurs Have Achieved Unfathomable Success

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Since drafting Tim Duncan in 1997, the San Antonio Spurs have had unparalleled success. The Spurs have won more than 70 percent of games played since that time, along with winning five NBA Championships. Certainly, Duncan has assisted in the transformation of the Spurs, but there are many more subtle keys to San Antonio’s success that have equally facilitated their run at greatness.

5. Unselfishness

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5. Unselfishness

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By watching just a few of the Spurs' offensive possessions, it is clear that the players on San Antonio could not care less about their personal statistics. The Spurs make the extra pass every single time, and their chemistry is off the charts because of that unselfishness. Even their best players have demonstrated unselfishness with their contracts, as Duncan and others have taken pay cuts to stay in San Antonio.

4. Ability To Develop Players

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4. Ability To Develop Players

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Every year, it seems as if a different player has a breakout season on San Antonio's roster. In a quick matter of time, the Spurs made 15th overall pick Kawhi Leonard into a budding star. He led the Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals as a perimeter player, even though his college career was focused on interior play. The organization has also found a way to salvage the careers of current players, such as Danny Green, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills.

3. Accountability

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3. Accountability

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Simply, Gregg Popovich is not afraid to get in the face of his players if they make a mistake. What separates Popovich, however, is that he demands the same amount of execution from every single player on the roster. Whether it be future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan or the last player on the bench, Popovich holds every individual accountable in every way on the court.

2. Adaptability

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2. Adaptability

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It is truly impressive how Popovich and his staff have changed the offense as Duncan and the supporting cast have changed over the years. During Duncan's prime, the Spurs' offense ran through Duncan in the post, who had the passing ability to kick it out to open shooters on the outside when necessary. Since then, however, San Antonio has been more of a perimeter oriented team, giving Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker more of the offensive load.

1. Proper Role Playing

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1. Proper Role Playing

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The greatest aspect in the San Antonio organization is the fact that everyone knows their role and never oversteps it. Whether we are talking about Popovich's assistant coaches doing their job consistently or Ginobili accepting sixth man duties to bolster the bench, the Spurs have reaped the benefits of roles being properly distributed and executed. Simply, when every part of the whole does their job, wins will arise.

Nicholas Sciria is a San Antonio Spurs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Nick_Sciria, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.