NBA Power Rankings: The Southwest Division

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May 4, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward

Dirk Nowitzki

(41) controls the ball against San Antonio Spurs forward

Tiago Splitter

(22) in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

I’m not sure what it says about the NBA offseason but it’s certainly noteworthy that one of the topics that got the least attention was San Antonio’s championship.

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Even in the Southwest Division, what will likely be the NBA’s “Group of Death,” the Spurs’ title was an afterthought in a tumultuous summer where some teams made smart upgrades while others failed in their plans.

Dallas might have gotten the bargain of the summer in re-signing Dirk Nowitzki, the Rockets’ plan failed to launch and the Spurs…well, they just stayed the same, remaining consistent and great.

The next champion will probably come from this division. But they’ll have to survive the regular season in order to reach the NBA throne.