The San Antonio Spurs spent the offseason making very few adjustments to their roster, while the league around them changed entirely. Both the West and the East experienced many trades and signings, resulting in many changes of scenery for both stars and role players around the NBA.
Last week, I discussed the negative aspect of the Spurs' inactivity, and while they certainly missed out on a few opportunities, there are two arguments to every issue. It would be plain ignorant not to explore the alternative reasons for their lack of changes.
The first reason is quite obvious, as the team's performance last season was nothing short of amazing. Their veteran stars seemed to have found the fountain of youth, and point guard Tony Parker had a career year.
Young players like Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green stepped up, and the team put together a fantastic run.
They may have fallen short of accomplishing the franchise's fifth title, but their overall production last season was nothing to be upset about. They still proved to be an elite squad, and if coach Popovich, R.C. Buford and the rest of the front office believe that the Spurs can contend again in the upcoming season, there is no reason to make any major changes.
Also, the Spurs are often praised for their high level of chemistry, and making any changes to the team would definitely disrupt that. Now that Boris Diaw, Stephen Jackson and Patty Mills will have an entire season with the team, their chemistry should be at an all-time high, giving them something that newly formed rosters—i.e. the Lakers—lack entirely.
Another season with the same lineup also gives the younger members of the roster another chance to develop. A major change would have likely resulted in the parting of one or two young studs.
Now that Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Gary Neal and the rest of the youth have had a season to mature, they might end up being better than any possible addition that the Spurs would have made. In short, their attempts to move the team forward could, in reality, have taken them a full step in the opposite direction.
So while their 2011-12 season was cut shorter than they would have hoped, a second chance may be all that the current roster needs. Maybe they aren't broken and in need of fixing. Maybe they are fine the way they are.
It's too early to tell yet, but when June comes around, the Spurs will either be deeply regretting their idleness or smiling proudly at their ability to make the right choice. For now, all we can do is wait, because only time will tell how the Spurs' 2012-13 season will play out.