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Few Stats That Will Surprise San Antonio Spurs Fans

By George Middleton
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The San Antonio Spurs have one of the biggest fan bases in the NBA and that comes with the success they have had in recent years. But there are a few statistics that even the biggest Spurs fans probably aren’t aware of, whether it’s for the good or bad.

– No Spurs Player Averaged More Than 30 Minutes

The San Antonio Spurs have one of the deepest teams in the league, without question and it shows in the way that Gregg Popovich manages his players minutes. The Spurs were the only team in the NBA that had no player on their roster average more than 30 minutes per game. Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, and Tim Duncan averaged in the range of 29-29.5 minutes. Just to give one an idea of how surprising this stat is, the Blazers entire starting lineup averaged more than 31 minutes per game.

– Spurs Efficiency

Last season the San Antonio Spurs were lights out from every spot on the floor. As a team, the Spurs shot 49% from the field, 40% from three, and 79% free throws. It was players like Marco Belinelli, who shot 49% from the field, 43% from three, and 85% free throws that helped the Spurs tremendous shooting percentage from all over the place.

-Playmaking

The Spurs didn’t have one guy on their team that averaged more than six assists (Parker- 5.7), but somehow they led the league in assists (25.2). Manu Ginobili averaged 4.3 assists, despite coming off the bench and Duncan averaged three. The Spurs also did a terrific job at not making mistakes as they finished third in assists/turnovers (1.8).

-Lack of Getting to the Line

It’s rare for the Spurs to not rank in the better half of the league, in a category, but does it even seem possible for them to rank last in an important one? Well that’s the case as the Spurs finished last in free throw attempts per game (20). Duncan led the team in free throw attempts, with only 4.3 per game. While I expect that number to jump a bit with Leonard possibly being more aggressive on offense this season, I don’t expect them to average 31 like the league leading Houston Rockets.

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