Most astute observers knew the San Antonio Spurs would be good this season: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili led the team to a 50-32 record in 2009-10, which was actually their worst record in almost 15 years. That trio is as steady as the tides and the Spurs seemed sure to compete on the strength of their veteran leaders.
Realistically, though, hardly anyone could have foreseen this. As the new year begins, the Spurs sit at 29-4 and are in control of the Western Conference, leading the Dallas Mavericks by four full games. The ability of this team to spread the ball around and get substantial positive contributions from so many different sources makes the Spurs almost impossible to shut down, since any player can carry the team on any given night.
With the Lakers spinning their tires and the Mavs a bit less consistent and balanced, the Spurs look like the class of the Western Conference, and perhaps the NBA, yet again. Read on for report card grades on all 10 major contributors to the Spurs' cause.