San Antonio Spurs Are Model for Teams That Need to Develop Young Talent

November 27th, 2012 by Ethan Sherwood Strauss Leave a reply »
The Spurs are old, decrepit, crumbling. It's the cycle of life, you know. Once you're on top for awhile, with no high draft picks to replenish your talent level, a team eventually fades.

Except, that isn't entirely the case with San Antonio. You see, the Spurs are simultaneously young while also being old. You may know them by Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, but San Antonio is grooming actors to take their place when retirement comes. 

Are you familiar with Tiago Splitter's work? What about the sharp-shooting and defense of Danny Green? Certainly, you've heard of Kawhi Leonard?  

Let's focus on Leonard, the youngest and most talented Spurs role player. He fell far in the 2011 NBA draft, then got scooped up by this famously crafty organization. In assistant coach Chip Engelland, San Antonio had a comparative advantage.

If you boast a coach who can make players shoot better, well, that really opens up your draft board. Kawhi Leonard had many skills, but shooting was not among them. At San Diego State, he was an athletic dogged rebounder, with superior length for an NBA wing. 

If only San Antonio could correct Le ...

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