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Top 5 Reasons Why San Antonio Spurs Will Repeat as Champions

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The San Antonio Spurs found redemption in June, defeating the Miami Heat in five games to claim their fifth championship in 15 years. While one could make the case that this Spurs team might not be as "hungry" coming into this season due to the great success they experienced last year winning the title, but there are five reasons as to why they will repeat as champions this season.

5. They Have the Deepest Bench in the League

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5. They Have the Deepest Bench in the League

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Patty Mills, Manu Ginobili, Marco Belinelli, Cory Joseph and Boris Diaw could be starters in this league. Each understands their role and buys into the system the Spurs preach to their players. The shooting between Mills, Ginobili and Belinelli, combined with the passing and cleverness of Diaw and defense of Joseph makes for a very versatile and skilled bench unit that is universally admired around the NBA.

4. Kawhi Leonard is Ready to Be a Star

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4. Kawhi Leonard is Ready to Be a Star

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Kawhi Leonard flat-out took over in the NBA Finals last season, earning the Finals MVP thanks to his phenomenal performance against the best player in the world, LeBron James. Leonard is a workhorse, and it is clear that more of the Spurs offense should be run through him. His work ethic is outstanding, and he has the potential to be a star in the league as he has demonstrated before. The time for this to take place is now.

3. Gregg Popovich is the Best Coach in the League

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3. Gregg Popovich is the Best Coach in the League

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The way Popovich has handled his older players' minutes over the last few seasons has been nothing short of masterful. By resting his guys and making sure they are fresh for the playoffs, he has sustained the careers of both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. His sublime offensive sets frequently get his players wide open shots, and he is considered by many to be a defensive genius too. He is simply one of the best coaches in NBA history.

2. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili Know the End is Near

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2. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili Know the End is Near

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Duncan, 38, and Ginobili, 37, are two of the fiercest competitors ever. They showed this by coming back after a devastating loss in the 2013 NBA Finals to capture another trophy in 2014. Duncan is one ring away from tying Michael Jordan in overall ring count, and this has to be in the back of his mind as he enters this year. Both of these guys remain shockingly effective even at their old age, and that is a testament to their desire to win.

1. They Brought Back the Same Team

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1. They Brought Back the Same Team

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Chemistry cannot be understated, and the Spurs are extremely familiar playing with the same teammates they have had during the past few years. Their impeccable spacing on the offensive end of the floor is primarily due to each player being aware of how the guys on the court with them play. This is a very high basketball IQ squad, and the saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" perfectly fits how these guys play the game.