In the NBA wherein only 1 of the 30 teams is declared a victor, it's kind of wrong to say that all the other teams are a failure. Well, maybe some of the other teams are. However, as I watch the brokenhearted Spurs who lost a chance to win a fifth title for the franchise and for the city, I can only say that the season was a success for them. Yes, coming short of a title is sad but for what they accomplished this year, every other team aside from the Heat would want to be in their shoes.
For several years now, everybody's been talking about how the Spurs are old and how it's only a matter of time for the franchise to go through a total rebuilding process. After all, they got eliminated by the Thunder during last year's western conference finals. Everybody kind of expected that a year-older Spurs will surely be worse. Well, they broke those expectations. And if you expect them to have a tough time next season, it's very likely that they'll break your expectation once again.
Maturity and development
The Spurs is a team that's highly-regarded in the NBA for their ability to scout talents and develop them in a way to fit the needs of a franchise. That's why despite not having lottery picks for more than the last decade, the Spurs never comes out short when it comes to quality players.
We all talk about the age factor with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. However, we all forget that the Spurs have several young players that have a big upside and could help the team transition to the new era.
As someone who appreciate what the Spurs are doing, watching Kawhi play makes me think that fans of the team has something to celebrate despite the failed attempt at a fifth championship. The second-year player is only 21 years old but he played as well as any veteran could have. He plays great defense which makes him an important player to be in the floor. However, what's more enticing is the fact that with his physical gifts and his youth, he still has a high ceiling on improving his offensive game.
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