10. San Antonio Spurs (30-18)
Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan are going to look to continue their NBA Finals dominance going 5-0 during their time with the San Antonio Spurs. What may make it even more sweet with a series victory this time around is that this is easily the best team they have played in the NBA Finals and Lebron James is now, unlike in the 2007 finals, in the peak of his career. He has a lot more help around him this time and while he has always been a great athlete, he very well could be the best athlete in the world at this point.
This NBA season has been full of interesting storylines–the emergence of new powers in the Western Conference such as the Golden State Warriors, the Chicago Bulls surprising many people by getting to the second round, the coaching carousel and more, but a major theme throughout the year was that the San Antonio Spurs were much too beat up and old to make a trek back to the NBA Finals. Yet come the first week of June, that’s exactly where they’ll be competing against the Miami Heat in search for Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich’s fifth title with the franchise.
All this team knows how to do is win. Popovich missed the playoffs just once with the Spurs. It was in his first year at the helm, back in the 1996-97 season. He has only lost in the first round of the playoffs three times. This team is the model of consistency in professional sports, yet are constantly overlooked by flashy superstars and bigger cities. Yet the Spurs always play their game and play it very well. They play team oriented and while they do have a superstar and all-time great in Tim Duncan, have plenty to complement him as well such as Danny Green, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and more. They are also one of the more international teams in the NBA which is probably why many people in the United States find the Spurs boring. But it is that same “boring” style of play, that has made the Spurs to be as successful as they are. They are the best sports franchise in the United States since the millennium, including teams such as the New England Patriots. The Pats missed the playoffs in 2 seasons of the 2000’s. The Spurs haven’t missed the playoffs since I was 7 and have more titles than New England as well. Continue reading