2006 San Antonio Spurs Preview
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2006 San Antonio Spurs Basketball Season Preview
This is a dynamic team that is capable of winning it all (something they did in 2003 and 2005). But the club is aging and will start to feel more aches and pains. The question is can the Spurs hold their own in a conference that has some of the best young talent in the NBA?
The duo of point guard Tony Parker (18.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 5.8 APG, 54.8 FG%, 70.7 FT%) and shooting guard Manu Ginobili (15.1 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.6 APG, 46.2 FG%, 77.8 FT%) is often unstoppable. Both guys can shoot. Ginobili flies at the basket, while Parker can charge the lane or stop and hit an outside jumper.
Tim Duncan (18.6 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 3.2 APG, 48.4 FG%, 62.9 FT%) played through a foot injury in 2005-06. Duncan is now healthy, making him a force with which to be reckoned. He’s big and knows how to use his quickness and body in the low post. Small forward Bruce Bowen (7.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 43.3 FG%, 60.7 FT%) isn’t the best shooter but he’s a top defender on a team with one of the best “D’s” in the league.
Centers Nazr Mohammed and Rasho Nesterovic are both on other teams, which means the newly signed Francisco Elson (4.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 53.2 FG%, 66.2 FT%) will probably get the start. The three-year player will have a tough time filling Mohammed and Nesterovic’s shoes.
This team has one of the deepest and oldest benches in the league—experience versus exhaustion, which wins?
Coach Gregg Popovich starts his second decade with the Spurs, holding an impressive 594- 299 regular season record and a 76- 47 playoff grade. Popovich’s defense blocks out shooters and rebounders and his offense runs the court when it can and is also adept at the pick-and-roll. Popovich is one of the best.
If Tim Duncan can stay healthy and essential bench men and depth masters Brent Barry, Michael Finley and Robert Horry can hold their own in the all-important second season, San Antonio could win another NBA championship.