LY W-L: 58-24
Key Additions: Marco Belinelli, Jeff Pendergraph, DeShaun Thomas (draft), Livio Jean-Charles (draft)
Key Departures: Gary Neal, DeJuan Blair
Analysis: It can be argued that the San Antonio Spurs came within one rebound or one free throw from their fifth NBA championship. Tim Duncan posted his best stats since the 2009-2010 NBA season, averaging 17.8 points and 9.9 rebounds. Tony Parker took his game to MVP status. Danny Green proved to be the outside threat the team needed, but the Spurs third star, Manu Ginobili, played more like an aging veteran. The team coasted through the regular season, and blasted their way through the Western Conference with the young Golden State Warriors being the only team to put up a fight. With that said, the Spurs didn’t make any major moves. They lost Gary Neal, but it won’t be a major factor having added Marco Belinelli. At last check, Gregg Popovich is still the coach, while Duncan and Parker are still at the top of their game. A quiet offseason is a great one for this team.
(Projected) 2013-2014 W-L: 56-26
The Spurs pretty much stayed put, and that was their best move. The Houston Rockets are still too young to pass them, and the Oklahoma City Thunder will see how bad they need a third scorer. It won’t be easy, but barring any major injury, the Spurs should find themselves back in the NBA Finals.