Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2015-2016 NBA Offseason winners: San Antonio Spurs

2014-2015 record: 55-27

You have to hand it to the Spurs -- they're by far the smartest and most consistently competitive franchise in the NBA. The team built around Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker has won 50+ games for 16 years straight, and it appears that they'll smoothly transition from one Big Three to another and remain on top for years to come. Sure, Gregg Popovich's troops washed out against the LA Clippers in the first round last season, but they won the NBA title the year before that and should be right in the mix in 2015-2016. 

The Spurs brought back HOF'er Tim Duncan on a modest 2-year, $10.9 million deal and re-signed Manu Ginobili to a 2-year, $5.8 million deal. They remain on the roster with French point guard Tony Parker through 2016-2017, who will enter the final year of his own deal thatyear. With the trio going for two more victory laps, another (younger) trio is ready to take the reins. With forward Kawhi Leonard (5 years, $94 million) and guard Danny Green (4 years, $40 million) re-upped and big man LaMarcus Aldridge (4 years, $84 million) pried away from the Trailblazers, the future is bright in San Antonio. 

With Tiago Splitter (Atlanta), Aron Baynes (Detroit), Cory Joseph (Toronto) and Marco Belinelli (Sacramento) gone, point guard Patty Mills, do-it-all forward Boris Diaw and Matt Bonner remain as the only holdovers from last season. They are joined by David West, who took an $11 million pay cut to chase a championship, quality point guard Ray McCallum, former No. 10 pick Jimmer Fredette (a typical Spurs reclamation project), Euroleague First Teamer Boban Marjanovic and 6-foot-6 shooting guard Jonathan Simmons. There are more than enough pieces here for Popovich to play chess with.

2015-2016 record:

Perennial contender adds biggest free agent on the market. 'Nuff said.

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