May 15, 2012; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) and forward Tim Duncan (21) prior to game one of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers at the AT
As the offseason news slowly dwindles, and the ambiance changes, it leaves retrospective NBA fans left to contemplate about what went right and what went wrong.
Daniel Leroux of Real GM analyzed the respective offseasons of each NBA team, putting them in four categories — great, good, mediocre and bad. Leroux put 11 teams in the ‘great’ category, headlined by the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat.
“The Spurs kept what they needed to keep and brought over Nando De Colo. When you finish with the No. 1 record in the entire league last regular season, that’s just fine. A trade of DeJuan Blair also may materialize before training camp begins.”
Leroux’ assessment is generally spot on though I would give San Antonio a little bit more credit for locking up their core for a relatively harmless amount of money — especially the fact that they avoided severe long-term salary commitments in the process. (For the record: I gave the Spurs’ offseason a B or, in other words, about average.)
So what do you think Spurs fans? How would you assess this offseason?