The San Antonio Spurs are an organziation that many are trying to emulate in some sort of way. The Washington Wizards are another team that are jumping on board and doing what they can to bring what the Spurs do every single year that continue to make them successful, into their organization.
What they [Spurs] do so well that have many people in awe while watching them is how every single night there can be someone else on that team that can take over a ball game, and also, how the team moves the ball so well around the perimeter. Every seems to get a touch.
Tony Parker and Tim Duncan surely will get the attention, but what has been the continued success for the team is how each and every player can come in when their number is called and make an impact.
For the Washington Wizards lately, they have been playing the type of basketball that Head Coach Randy Wittman told Wizards Insider J. Michael on how he feels his team is in the past few games, "we're in a good spot".
"It's always a good feeling when you're playing well, when you play the way we are as a unit. It's not like one guy's carrying us," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "We've been so consistent. Last night, four of the five starters had double-figure shot attempts. The game before it was all five starters. We're in a good spot. You want to maintain that."
Ball movement, relying on your teammates is what the San Antonio Spurs are known for and what Wittman stated has led the Wizards to two big wins in the franchise history defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trailblazers. Though it took the Spurs double-overtime to defeat the Wizards Wednesday night, it is starting to look more on the up and up for a young Wizards team.
As Wittman discussed how many players have reached in double-figures, Wednesday night was no different. They had all five once again reach into double digits in scoring with John Wall leading the way with 29 points.
What the Wizards could take from lastnight again was how any one player from this San Antonio Spurs team can step in and produce at a high-level, they saw that in Patty Mills. With Parker missing the second half with tightness in his back, Nando De Colo and Patty Mills filled the void nicely.
Known as a small market organization, the San Antonio Spurs have won four-championships and don't have the major, huge contract type stars as your Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder or Los Angeles Clippers, they have role-players that are surrounded by two future Hall of Famers that know how to get the job done.
Wittman discussed his final words to Michael:
"It's something that we're stressing, and our guys are believing. That's how we've got to continue to play. There's no pre-determining what we're going to do from an offensive standpoint," Wittman said. "It's OK, they're going to take that away, the ball moves on to the next guy, the open guy. Everybody's capable of doing their job in that aspect of it. When we play that way we're difficult to guard. You can't scheme up and say you're going to take a certain player away. We hope they try to do that. That opens up things for us when teams try to do that."
Now-a-days, the NBA has seemed to look for the 'superstars' to take over their teams, it is always good to see that there are still some teams left that play team ball and get everyone else involved and also to hear other teams looking to find a way to emulate what the San Antonio Spurs have done since the beginning.