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2012/13 SEASON ROSTER
NUM
PLAYER
POS
HT
 45
F
6-7
 15
F-C
6-10
G
6-5
 33
F-C
6-8
 21
F-C
6-11
 20
G-F
6-6
 4
G
6-6
 3
F-G
6-8
 5
G
6-3
 2
F
6-7
 8
G
6-0
 14
G
6-4
 9
G
6-2
 22
F-C
6-11

San Antonio Spurs         

ADDITIONS:
Nando De Colo (Valencia Basket).

SUBTRACTIONS:
James Anderson (Atlanta) and Derrick Byars.

STRENGTHS:
Winning culture ... Big Three: High quality and low maintenance, which sets a standard for the rest of players... Team concept is clear and there are no big egos ... They are deep at every position ... Many of the players have been around for a while, so chemistry is going to be good ... Tony Parker remains one of the game's top point guards ... Extremely hard to stop when he goes to the hole ... Manu Ginobili plays with infectious passion ... No longer a superstar, Tim Duncan will still quietly make his presence felt offensively and defensively ... The well-rounded Kawhi Leonard will be a player to keep an eye on following an excellent first year in the league ... Plenty of weapons inside and outside ... There's shooters, slashers and low-post scorers ... Selfishness will not be an issue ... Defensive effort should always be there with Gregg Popovich roaming the sidelines ... Popovich is very good with rotations and knows how to manage this group.

WEAKNESSES:
The nucleus of the team is one year older, which is never great news ... Could the wheels fall off for Duncan and Ginobili? ... Ginobili and Parker could have used some rest this summer, but played at the Olympics instead ... Some concern with Parker's eye injury ... San Antonio will be overmatched in terms of athleticism against some teams ... Talent level is very high, but probably not up there with Lakers and Thunder.

PROJECTION:
1st in the Southwest Division / 3rd in the Western Conference

PROJECTED STARTERS
PG: Tony Parker Jason Richardson SG: Manu Ginobili Andrei Kirilenko SF: Kawhi Leonard
One of the best players ever at getting to the basket. Had one of his best years last season with a career high in assists. May start or come off the bench, but he pretty much always delivers. Plays with a passion you don't often see in the NBA. Comes off an impressive rookie season. A key player for the future. Head coach Gregg Popovich thinks he's going to be a star.
Yi Jianlian PF: Boris Diaw C: Tim Duncan Sixth: Tiago Splitter
Does it all except score (or stay in shape). High basketball IQ. Will have a lot of competition for the starting job. Minutes will be limited once again during the regular season. Will make a big impact on both ends of the court regardless. The Brazilian has been a mild disappointment so far in the NBA. Has the tools to become a consistent contributor, though.