A famous Benjamin Franklin quote reads, "The only things certain in life are death and taxes."
Well, recently, it has seemed as though Franklin's list has been revised:
Death, taxes and San Antonio Spurs dominance. In an occurrence that is too frequent to deem impressive, the Spurs have opened the 2012-13 season on a bright note, sitting atop the Southwest division with the third-best record in the NBA.
After dismantling the Los Angeles Lakers, the Spurs moved to 28-10 on the season, and as always—title hopes remain on the horizon.
However, with an increase in talent in the Western Conference, as well as another year added to their veterans' ages, their improvement is conspicuous, as the original formula just wouldn't cut it this season.
A resurgence by Tim Duncan has certainly helped the case, but other factors have helped them maintain their contender status throughout the first few months of the season.
All stats are accurate as of January 9, 2013.