While the powerhouses of the Western Conference add layers to their teams, the San Antonio Spurs hold an advantage through undeniable rapport.
The entire landscape of the NBA has shifted over the course of the last few weeks, most recently with the signing and acquisition of both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for the Los Angeles Clippers. Golden State has seen major changes after reigning supreme for the last five seasons while teams like the Lakers, Jazz and Pelicans all strengthen their cores in hopes of returning to the playoffs.
Following a comparatively quiet free agency period for the San Antonio Spurs, this team boasts one thing that all other teams in the rigid West are missing: consistency.
After two years of working and growing together, this group of players maintains some of the best chemistry in the league both on and off the court. From team coffee runs to pre-established friendships, San Antonio emphasizes camaraderie both on and off the court.
Spurs had no cap space, kept Rudy Gay, sign and trade for DeMarre Carroll, signed Mook Morris for the MLE.
This has been a quiet but brilliant offseason by the Spurs.
— Tom Petty (@RealTomPetrini) July 7, 2019
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Even through their two free agency signings in Marcus Morris and DeMarre Carroll, the brain trust of R.C. Buford and Gregg Popovich continue to make San Antonio home to players with a team-first mentality. Carroll has been influential at each of his stops through his veteran career, most recently establishing a Spur-like culture in Brooklyn that landed both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
Morris, on the other hand, is a hard worker was a vocal leader for the Boston Celtics in spite of turmoil spreading from the aforementioned Irving. His dedication to his craft and unwavering focus on winning will integrate easily to the Spurs Way.
Roster shakeups are growing increasingly common in the modern NBA with player movement growing undeniably since the Big Three of the Miami Heat, but San Antonio continues to build based on their own conventions. Most of the major contenders in the West will need to adjust to each other while the Spurs are mostly familiar with each other.
This gives them a silent advantage over their competition. San Antonio lacks the star power of other contenders in the West, but their togetherness under the guidance of Pop should drive them back into the postseason.