The San Antonio Spurs have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference for a number of years. Under Gregg Popovich’s tenure, the Spurs have the best winning percentage over a 16-year span (1997-2013) of any other NBA team and also have the best record of any team of the four major sports (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL). In that span they won four NBA titles (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007). So far this year, they are 15-4 and are in first place in the Southwest Division. With another trip to the playoffs over the horizon, here are five reasons why the Spurs will win a title this season:
5. Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals- Devastating. Heartbreaking. Crushed. The Spurs were seconds away from winning their 5th NBA championship in 15 years. Then Ray Allen’s three point shot happened. Everytime they step on the court or go to prior engagements, they are reminded of this. They were one play away from being the best team in the NBA. As the old saying goes, what doesn’t kill you simply makes you stronger. The Spurs are using Game 6 as motivation. This is the drive for success this season. They are determined to win and never feel the devastating feeling of Game 6 ever again.
4. Gregg Popovich- The man with the epic death stare. He has two NBA Coach of the Year Awards (2002-2003 and 2011-2012), joining only seven other coaches to receive the award more than once. He also ranks fifth in NBA history for most titles as a head coach with four. The coach is a winner and should be in the Hall of Fame very soon. Popovich has been in the playoffs and NBA Finals numerous of times, so he gets the job done. Expect more of the same this season.
3. Tim Duncan- Along with Coach Popovich, Duncan has been the cornerstone of the Spurs for a long time. Continuity and chemistry have been two of the biggest keys to their success. After last season, there was talk that Duncan would retire but he quickly shot that down. Duncan may be 37 years old, and he may have nearly 50,000 minutes logged on his Hall of Fame career, but the man proved time and time again this year that he can still play at an extremely high level. If he wants to retire, what better way to ride into the sunset by winning a title this season.
2. Who can stop them in the Western/Eastern Conference?- The Spurs have been the best team in the Western Conference in the past decade. Teams such as the Thunder, Grizzles and Warriors all faced the Spurs in the playoffs but none of them succeeded to dethrone them. As for the Eastern Conference, there are only two good teams (literally) in the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. Most likely the Spurs would meet one of those teams in the finals since the rest of the Eastern Conference is horrible.
1. Experience- They have been through this before. Every year. Its nothing new to them. They play like a well-oiled machine come playoff teams. You do not get four rings in 15 years for nothing.