Found February 14, 2013 on Taking Bad Schotz:

Photo Credit: Eric Gay, Associated Press It seems as though ever since Popovich has been at the helm of the Spurs in 1996 they have been a dominant force. Some say he has been blessed by having David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. Now that Duncan and Ginobili being in their late thirties the Spurs are still the NBA’s best team at 41-12. Here are the reasons why they have the NBA’s best record… 1.Drafting Technique Out of the 16 players on the Spurs’ roster they drafted 11 in the NBA draft. More importantly they drafted their four best players Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Kawhi Leonard. I don’t know what the formula is but Pop has created a philosophy in San Antonio and he always seems to draft similar players. He doesn’t listen to big boards or mock drafts; he picks the players that fit his system. He also isn’t scared to draft foreign players who didn’t play in college. Tony Parker, Nando de Colo, and Boris Diaw all hail from France. In addition Ginobili is from Argentina, Tiago Splitter is from Brazil, and although Patty Mills went Saint Mary’s, he is from Australia. 2. Role Players All over the NBA teams are trying to pair stars together to drag teams to a championship. Although this has worked previously with the Celtics and Heat’s big three, a teams success is hinged on its role players. The year the Celtics won it Rajon Rondo, a role player at the time, emerged as a star and when the Heat beat the Thunder, Shane Battier and Mike Miller shot lights out in the finals. The Spurs understand that role players are key to success and I can confidently say that they have 12-13 solid players in their rotation. Especially now that the Spurs big three are older, these role players have stepped up tremendously. Without their big three, the Spurs beat a hot Bulls team that is playing well even without Derrick Rose. 3. Offensive Approach In the first decade of the 2000’s the Spurs were known as a team focused on defensive prowess and willing their ways to wins. They would focus most of their energy on defense with Bruce Bowen and young Tim Duncan. They won four championships that way. The game has transformed though, teams are scoring more than ever running up and down the court with young crazy athletes. The Spurs had to adapt and Pop has now instilled a new way of play. The Spurs now spread the court, let Tony Parker run the offense, and focus more time on the offensive side of the court. This season the Spurs average 104.3 points (4th most in the league) and 25 assists per game (most in the league). Their offense is dangerous and it shows with their ridiculous record. 4. Tim Duncan’s continued production Tim Duncan is having a revitalized season this year at 36 years old. He is still one of the premier big men in the league averaging 17.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 2.7 rebounds per game. In the last couple of years it seemed as though the big fundamental’s game was declining, but with his play this year he once again has the Spurs as a real title contender and currently holds the best record in the NBA. 5. Greg Popovich At the end of the day, this team is not the same without its genius coach. Year in and year out he finds a way to get players to out play what everyone else thought they could do. Players love playing for him and it shows on the court. He gets the best out of any player. I don’t see the Spurs ever losing a step in the western conference as Pop is picking players and coaching this team. -Goldman

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