Tim Duncan may be the heart and soul of the San Antonio Spurs, but the teammates that surround him are arguably more valuable.
Without players such as Patty Mills, Boris Diaw, Tiago Splitter, and Danny Green, Duncan more than likely would have to shoulder more of the load for San Antonio offensively and defensively, and it would have been much tougher to win title No. 6 last season.
In other words, the Spurs are a complete team, which is something Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wants to duplicate next season for his team.
Via CBS Sports:
“That is really the hope. Part of the lesson that we proved when we won and what San Antonio proved was that it wasn’t [Tim] Duncan getting that last-minute hoop. It was Patty Mills and Danny Green. Anybody was in a position to contribute. Manu Giniboli didn’t have a great last series, he did against us, but not afterwards. They were a good team. They moved the ball and got the open shot and they were smart. Literally in the Finals Patty Mills is sprinting up and hitting pull-up threes. It was almost like Nellie-ball. The lesson there isn’t can just one guy carry the load, but it’s can one team carry the load.”
The team concept was on full display by the Spurs during last season’s playoff run to the 2014 NBA title.
Crisp passing, minimal errors, ball movement, and relying on role players to fulfill their role when Duncan, or Tony Parker, or Manu Ginobili couldn’t get things going.
Dallas did load up in the offseason acquiring Jameer Nelson, Richard Jefferson, Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Al-Farouq Aminu to compliment Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Devin Harris.
This addition of solid veterans should allow the Mavs to become one of the West’s best.
Remember, the Mavs did push the Spurs to a seven-game playoff series last year. Will their additions be enough to topple the champs? That remains to be seen.