Kawhi Leonard has officially joined the ranks of the San Antonio Spurs' Big Three. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili now have an heir to pass their legacy on to, and he looks every bit up to the challenge.
But as we've learned about the Spurs this season (and last), it's less and less about the big names—and more about everyone else.
San Antonio's bench led the league in scoring and assists this season. Starters Danny Green and Tiago Splitter have certainly done their parts as well. This is an ensemble collection of quality professionals, each ready to step up and do his job when called upon.
They may not have the household name recognition, and they don't always get the lion's share of the credit, but anyone who follows the Spurs will tell you: This supporting cast is awfully good.
It might just be good enough to overcome the wildly talented Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Head coach Gregg Popovich will need help from all corners of his rotation, and the good news is that's exactly what he's gotten thus far in the postseason.
And all season long before that.
Let's get to know the Spurs' five most pivotal role players. They'll be on the world's stage soon enough.