The 2014 NBA offseason has been one of the most exciting times in recent memory of the league. The basketball world has been captivated by the decisions of big names such as LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony choosing to either stay or go. The noise around these free agents, along with a possible Kevin Love trade and several other distractions, have allowed the defending champion San Antonio Spurs to go completely under the radar. The team that won the 2014 NBA Finals will be bringing back the same roster with a few additions, which is a serious problem for the rest of the league.
To predict just how good the Spurs can be again next year, it is vital to remember just how dominant San Antonio was in route to winning the 2014 NBA Finals. The Spurs won 62 games this past season, clinching the league’s best overall record by three whole games. Although inching by in a first-round series that went seven games with the Dallas Mavericks, the Spurs advanced through the rest of the daunting Western Conference without much of a problem. In the Finals, San Antonio dismantled James and the Miami Heat, winning four games by a combined 72 points.
In the 2014-15 NBA season, the Spurs will have nearly the same exact roster as last season. In the 2014 NBA Free Agency period, San Antonio re-signed the likes of Patty Mills, Boris Diaw and Matt Bonner. Additionally, the Spurs guaranteed the contract of Austin Daye, who could be a candidate to breakout next season.
One difference on San Antonio’s roster will be first-round draft pick Kyle Anderson from UCLA. Anderson fits well in a pass-heavy San Antonio system, and Gregg Popovich will certainly find ways to hide Anderson’s glaring weakness, which is his lack of speed and quickness.
One of the most underrated moves of the offseason was Tim Duncan deciding to opt in to his contract for next year, demonstrating that he is still hungry to win more. Duncan will be one of the oldest players in the NBA next year. However, his production of 15.4 points and 10 rebounds per game in the 2014 NBA Finals demonstrate that he still has the ability to play at a high level.
With these moves, the Spurs have one roster spot remaining. Although the player to take up this spot remains unclear, one truth about next year’s roster is very clear — every player will be returning, and that is a scary thought for the rest of the league.