2007 San Antonio Spurs Season Preview
2007 San Antonio Spurs preview from the Maddux Sports experts. In addition to the free seasonal outlooks we provide, Maddux offers NBA predictions against the NBA pointspread throughout the hoops season.
The only thing the San Antonio Spurs have not done in the past five years is won back-to-back championships. In 2002- 2003, 2004- 2005 and 2006- 2007, the Spurs have been the NBA champs. Last year, they beat out the highly competitive Western Conference and then took it to the Cleveland Cavaliers, sweeping them.
The Spurs’ frontcourt is the dominion of superstar Tim Duncan (.546 FG%, .111 3P%, .637 FT%, 10.6 RPG, 3.4 APG, 20.0 PPG)—the professional’s professional. Duncan has some of the best skills in the game and is a stone cold killer of opponents. No one intimidates him. The playoffs saw forward Fabricio Oberto (.562 FG%, .000 3P%, .647 FT%, 4.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 4.4 PPG), who is now entering his third year, become a powerful and sure force. At center, Francisco Elson (.511 FG%, .000 3P%, .775 FT%, 4.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 5.8 PPG) is still trying to find himself. If this club could get someone to play the middle, no one would beat them. There is plenty of depth to give the forwards relief.
Guard Tony Parker (.520 FG%, .395 3P%, .783 FT%, 3.2 RPG, 5.5 APG, 18.6 PPG) doesn’t just get better every season, he adapts readily to defenses, finding new ways to hurt opponents. If his slashing speed doesn’t work, no problem for Parker; he’s developed a tough-to-stop mid-range jumper. The fact is that Parker, with his ever-evolving arsenal of shots, keeps opponents off balance, facilitating front man Duncan’s attack. Guard Michael Finley (.412 FG%, .364 3P%, .918 FT%, 2.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 9.0 PPG) offers veteran stability and dependability, while the effervescent Manu Ginobili (.464 FG%, .396 3P%, .860 FT%, 4.4 RPG, 3.5 APG, 16.5 PPG) is the team’s wild card.
This could certainly be the year that this club finally delivers on winning two titles in a row. But the concern is that the Spurs continues to grow old. If you’re looking for an exciting team that will light up the court night after night, then San Antonio is not the club for you. But if you’re into a bunch of disciplined guys who can play the best defense in the NBA; are guided by pinpoint, heads-up coaching and offer an efficient offense, then this team, which has won five titles since 1999, is your cup of tea. Watch out, here they come again.