The San Antonio Spurs are the best basketball team in the world for many reasons, one of them being their appreciation of continuity.
Basketball is a complicated and difficult team game that requires each player to know where his/her four teammates should be on both ends of the court. There’s constant movement, and verbal communication is key—but the game’s speed requires more than that.
Players with an innate feeling of how their teammates operate (likes, dislikes, tendencies, strengths, weaknesses, etc.) have a leg up on those who are still figuring all that stuff out while also worrying about their own responsibilities. The Spurs know this, which is why instead of reshuffling the deck, they’ve decided to bring all their own free agents back for at least one more shot at defending the title.
Here are grades for their major moves so far.