Do the San Antonio Spurs really need to mess with a good thing? Do they really even need to make a move before the NBA trade deadline?
Aren't they already poised for another NBA championship?
They easily have the best record in the league, being five games ahead of Miami, L.A. and Boston. What's more, they are on a solid pace to win 65-plus games this season—usually a good indicator of an upcoming title.
Why mess with a good thing?
An article like this will surely incur numerous comments from Spurs fans to the effect of, "ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?!?! We're doing just fine as it is and don't need to mess this up! WHY ARE YOU WRITING THIS?"
Don't worry. I hear you.
On the other hand, outside of San Antonio, comments are frequently made along the lines of: "I don't care what the Spurs' record is, they're still not good enough to beat the Heat, Celtics or Lakers."
I hear that, too.
Which argument are we to believe?
The Spurs are good enough to win the title right now as is.
Yet, they are in no way a lock for it.
In fact, as much as it pains me to say it, I still would put my money on Boston or Los Angeles in a seven-game series.
The Spurs are playing fast and loose right now, scoring more freely than they ever have during the Popovich/Duncan Era (sixth in points per game).
Tony Parker is solidly in his prime right now, Manu Ginobili is resurgent and Tim Duncan is using every last ounce that's left in the tank. The bench has more youth and spark than it ever had, and there are still enough battle-tested veterans around to execute in the clutch.
Yet, the Spurs are still not a sure thing.
Their front-line depth is questionable, they are no longer a top-10 defensive team and they might not have enough star firepower when it comes to certain impending playoff matchups.
Thus, here are 10 ways (some blockbusters, others thrifty) to put the Spurs closer to another NBA championship trophy.