It's easy to see the familiar, iconic faces leading the San Antonio Spurs back to the NBA Finals for the fifth time in 15 years and marvel at the franchise's consistency.
At a time when loyalty has lost its luster in the hoops world, when superstars are defined as much by their success off the floor as they are for their hardwood servitude, the small-market Spurs have found a way to appease some of the game's all-time greats without endorsement promises or Powerball paydays.
Tim Duncan's a San Antonio lifer, and for that he's been rewarded with a jewelry collection that could fill his hand when a champion is crowned this season. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili missed out on the organization's first Finals foray, but they've since added a trio of championship rings each after the Alamo City became their entry point to the United States.
The mastermind behind San Antonio's climb up the ranks of the league's elites is Gregg Popovich, the longest-tenured coach of the four major professional sports. He served double duty as the team's general manager and head coach from 1996 until 2002, when he handed over the executive reins to current GM R.C. Buford.
For all of the similarities, though, these Spurs aren't carbon copies of the past regimes. In fact each of the five Finals participants (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2013) had its own unique identity.
So the question that bears asking is which San Antonio finalist had the best supporting cast?