Let's start off this NBA Finals preview by dismissing the fallacy that this series will feature in the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat two vastly different teams.
The San Antonio Spurs, yes, were built through the draft. And the Miami Heat, beyond doubt, were constructed because Pat Riley landed one of the most impressive free-agency coups in sports history.
But the idea that tonight's Game 1 will kick off an old-school versus new-school, high-stakes culture clash misses the deeper meaning that connects both teams. At their cores the Heat and Spurs are remarkably similar.
Start with each of the team's Big Threes. The pertinent fact behind both the LeBron-Wade-Bosh and Duncan-Parker-Ginobili groupings isn't that one came together through free agency and the other connected through the more organic process of building a team through the draft. What really binds them at all is that they play together in the first place.
The Heat were able to turn their Big Three into the domin...