Twenty-one games into the 2010-2011 regular season, the San Antonio Spurs have accomplished the almost unimaginable, or at least to those rooting against them. They have started the season with a franchise and league-best record of 18-3; second-best in NBA history only to the '95-'96 Chicago Bulls and '08-'09 Boston Celtics, who each carried a 19-2 record at this point in the season.
Outsiders who do not have the honor of watching the Spurs on a nightly basis rely heavily on box scores and stat sheets to study them. The automatic assumption to their early success would most likely be that they are scoring more than usual.
Going from 101.4 points per game last year to 106.9 this year is definitely no laughing matter, but there are reasons for this accomplishment that tend to be overlooked. Here are the most underrated reasons why the Spurs are enjoying so much success early on and why that success will continue assuming they stay healthy.