5 Reasons San Antonio Spurs Will Regret a Lack of Changes This Offseason
With the majority of the free agents having found a home for the upcoming season, the 2012 offseason's excitement has begun to die down, and the end is near.
While many teams used the signing period to boost themselves in the rankings, the San Antonio Spurs spent the summer doing what they do best—nothing. After a season of multiple possibilities, the Spurs failed to make any new additions to their roster, with the exception of signing Nando De Colo, one of the many talents they have emerging overseas.
This is nothing new for them, as the franchise rarely makes big moves, and for a while it seemed to be the right decision.
However, come June, the Spurs will regret their lack of changes for numerous reasons.
They Need to Add Size
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The Spurs have always been focused around the play of their bigs, but recently their offensive style has shifted to a more "small-ball" style of play.
With Duncan on his last legs, their frontcourt is weak and in need of some major help. With only the inconsistent Tiago Splitter, the un-athletic Matt Bonner, and the small duo of Boris Diaw and DeJuan Blair to accompany Duncan, this offseason seemed to be the perfect time to add another big-man to the roster.
However, the front office took little notice to the problem, and let almost every opportunity slip through their fingers.
With only a few names left on the market, it seems as though their roster is almost officially set, and without any additions, the gaping hole down low is still a significant issue.
Their Current Roster Won't Cut It
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There is a common phrase that states, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." For a while, that statement epitomized the exact reason why the Spurs rarely changed their roster.
Being one of the most successful franchises in recent history, modifying the roster seemed to be impractical. The core of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili was among the league's best, and the Spurs always seemed to be a legitimate contender.
While it would be ignorant to leave the Spurs off of a list of possible contenders, it is pretty safe to say that they are no longer favorites to win the title.
Powerhouses like Miami, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles now dominate the league, and if the Spurs want to regain recognition as the league's best, their current roster needs to be amended.
Maybe if the 2012-13 season proves to be fruitless, then the team will shift their focus to rebuilding, but as of now, their chances of another title are slim.
They Missed out on a Talented Free Agent Class
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The 2012 NBA offseason was most certainly an exciting one, as each day brought forth new exciting news about trades and signings that will eventually shape the upcoming season.
The reason for the excitement was the substantial amount of talent available. While big names like Deron Williams and Steve Nash circulated media numerous times, there were small signings that went under the radar, such as Michael Beasley, OJ Mayo and Courtney Lee that were very key to their team's future success.
While the Spurs don't have the room or desire to chase after a big name star, plenty of lower-salary options were on the market. With guys of decent talent such as CJ Watson and Darrell Arthur signing for such low salaries, the Spurs should have at least shown interest, as they could be the change that San Antonio needs.
Their inability to make any moves may have made sense in other seasons, but in one with so many opportunities, it is disappointing to see the Spurs leave empty handed.
The Rest of the League Made a Lot of Changes
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With Oklahoma City's official emergence as the West's best team, the Spurs finally faced reality, and have passed on the torch.
However, following the eventful summer of 2012, the Thunder are no longer the only team that will challenge the Spurs in the West.
The Lakers are now among the 2013 title favorites, as they brought in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to accompany Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. They also made the minor acquisitions of Jodie Meeks and Antawn Jamison in order to ensure production from their second unit.
The Nuggets added Andre Iguodala, and while they are far from reaching elite status, the addition definitely was a major improvement.
Dallas, though they missed out on Deron Williams and Dwight Howard, did not leave empty handed. Instead, they welcomed OJ Mayo and Chris Kaman to their roster with the hopes of once again emerging as a contending squad.
With the competitiveness of the league at an all time high, changes should have been made in order to ensure themselves their position among the league's best.
Their Window Is Closing
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With Tim Duncan's legendary career entering its final few years, along with the potential hall-of-fame career of Manu Ginobili, it is clear that the Spurs are no longer in their prime.
Their good years are past them, and while they still have enough juice to put together a small handful of good seasons, this year is their last true chance to claim another title before the end of the current era in San Antonio.
Duncan signed on for what will likely be his final three years in the league, and with Ginobili's age and injury problems being a major concern, his clock is ticking too. The two still possess enough talent to be solid contributors, but they are no longer the stars of the squad.
That torch has been passed to Tony Parker, whose exceptional outing last season has marked his official entrance into his prime. However, those three are no longer the most dominant core in the NBA, and they need all of the contributing that they can get.
While they certainly have a solid second unit, last year's playoff loss proved that they need more help. With Oklahoma City and Miami now the league's powerhouses, the Spurs' current roster is no longer good enough to defeat them.
Add on the new, revamped Lakers and winning will be as tough as ever. Their window is closing, as the league continues to grow around them, while they sit back and watch.
This summer was the perfect opportunity to pile on enough talent to win another title, but without much change, a fifth championship seems little more than a dream.