With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.
Next up, a San Antonio Spurs team still reeling from coming so close to winning the 2013 NBA Finals.
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Imagine this scenario for an NBA team: they have arguably the best point guard in the league, they have the best player of a generation, they have one of the top two head coaches in the game, and they were one free throw or defensive rebound away from being NBA champions in 2013.
â€¨Sounds exciting, right? Wrong. Well, at least when it comes to the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are the exact team I just described, and yet they are still viewed as the most uninteresting good team in all of sports. The Spurs are consistently a great, great team, and maybe that’s the problem. It almost gets boring watching them do the same thing every year, which consists of winning a bunch of games by playing fundamentally sound basketball.
â€¨It should also be pointed out that these Spurs have never had a really exciting player. Tim Duncan might be a better player than Kobe Bryant, but nobody outside of San Antonio would watch a guy nicknamed “The Big Fundamental” over “Black Mamba.” And it’s not just that the Spurs haven’t had a LeBron James or a Kevin Durant, it’s that they haven’t even had a Rajon Rondo or a Stephen Curry-type player: someone that’s just really, really fun to watch, even for a basketball-watching populace already overloaded with stimuli. [Ed. note: The Spurs ARE fun to watch for lots and lots of people, including us]
â€¨Despite all of that, I’m here to make a case for watching the Spurs this season on League Pass. And, almost surprisingly, things feel much more exciting in San Antonio than usual. Here we go:
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Kawhi Leonard Breaks Out
Kawhi Leonard isn’t just the most intriguing player on the Spurs’ roster, he’s also one of the top three or four players in the entire league that I’m excited to watch this season. Leonard introduced himself to a national audience during the 2013 NBA Finals (he averaged a double-double), and it feels like he’s about to have a coming out party where he evolves into a superstar this year. At 6-7, Kawhi has the full package on the wing: he’s a lockdown defender, he’s a great rebounder, and he can knock down shots from the interior and beyond the arc.