During the 2014 NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs fielded a roster capable of dismantling the Miami Heat with the help of numerous players capable of contributing. Every game, it seemed as if there was a different Spur who stepped up when the team needed it. In the upcoming season, it will be more of the same for San Antonio, who will once again have more than enough depth on their roster.
At the point guard position, Tony Parker will once again lead the team. With Patty Mills out for much of the season, Cory Joseph will be the backup. Joseph is a scrappy point guard who tallied 13.2 points, 4.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds per 36 minutes last year. In an extended role, Joseph could be the next Spur to breakout.
Shooting guards Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili are capable of running the point as well. The Spurs point guard position is also less important than most teams because San Antonio’s offense revolves around ball-movement and does not demand excessive playmaking off of the dribble.
The small forward position is led by Kawhi Leonard, who will look to capitalize on his 2014 NBA Finals MVP. Backing up Leonard will be Austin Daye and rookie Kyle Anderson, and that competition will certainly be one to watch as the season nears.
San Antonio’s frontcourt will once again be one of the team’s biggest strengths. Tim Duncan is coming off one his most efficient seasons ever. His frontcourt partner, Tiago Splitter, has been dominant on defense in limited time and finishes at the rim better than most centers. Boris Diaw is yet another capable frontcourt player, and his insertion into the starting lineup during last year’s NBA Finals was crucial in San Antonio’s triumph.
Even the Spurs have a deep coaching position under Gregg Popovich. This season, Popovich will employ a big-named list of coaches with undeniable skill, including the likes of Ime Udoka, Becky Hammon, Ettore Messina, Jim Boylen and Chad Forcier.
Clearly, San Antonio is well-positioned for the upcoming season, even if Ginobili, Duncan and Parker will be one year older. The Spurs’ depth will allow Popovich to limit the minutes of his aging veterans, allowing San Antonio to position themselves for a run at a repeat.