One specific team has absolutely “owned” the last 2 NBA Drafts

Prior to the start of the 2010-2011 season, many NBA observers felt that theSan Antonio Spurs were about to begin their descent on the leeward side of the championship mountain.

However, in the aftermath of what the Spurs have now done during the last 12 months:

PART I
- Amassing 61 wins in the 2010-2011 Regular Season

PART II

SAN ANTONIO SPURS’ PLAYER ROSTER
# END OF 2010-2011 PRE 2011-2012
STARTERS
1 PG Tony Parker PG Tony Parker
2 OG/SF/PG Manu Ginobili OG/SF/PG Manu Ginobili
3 SF Richard Jefferson SF Richard Jefferson
4 PF Antonio McDyess PF Antonio McDyess
5 C Tim Duncan C Tim Duncan
KEY SUBS
6 PG/OG George Hill PG ?
7 OG/SF Gary Neal OG/SF Gary Neal
8 PF Matt Bonner PF Matt Bonner
9 C Tiago Splitter C Tiago Splitter
RESERVES/EXTRAS/OUTS
10 PG Chris Quinn PG Chris Quinn
11 OG/SF Danny Green OG/SF Danny Green
12 SF James Anderson SF James Anderson
13 SF D’Sean Butler SF Da’Sean Butler
14 PF DeJuan Blair PF DeJuan Blair
15 PF/C Steve Novak PF/C Steve Novak
2010 2ND Round Draft Pick, Not On Roster Yet
16 OG/PG Nando de Colo OG/PG Nando de Colo
2011 1st and 2nd Round Draft Picks
17 SF Kawhi Leonard [15]
18 PG Cory Joseph [29]
2011 2nd Round Draft Picks, Not On Roster Yet
19 SF/PF Davis Bertans [42]
20 SF/PG/OG Adam Hanga [59]

re-furbishing their player roster, via trades, free agent signings, and the expert manipulation of the 2010 and 2011 NBA Drafts, there should be little doubt, whatsoever, that the Spurs have every intention of staying perched exactly where they have been for the last decade, i.e. firmly entrenched in the upper echelon of the Western Conference.

The simple fact is that:

- RC Buford and Gregg Popovich have just acquired 4 young players through the 2011 NBA draft with the capacity to fill a “rotation spot” for the Spurs for the better part of the next 10 years

- The key acquisitions for the Spurs during this time frame have NOT been DeJuan Blair, or Kawhi Leonard … but, instead, Gary Neal, Tiago Splitter, James Anderson, Nando de Colo, David Bertans and Adam Hanga … more-than-one of whom actually have what it takes to become a high level player, down-the-road, in the NBA.

 

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