If there's one thing the lockout has provided, it's time to look at useless but very fun arguments like who would win if I loaded the 2010-2011 San Antonio Spurs and 1999 NBA Champion Spurs into NBA 2k12 and played a game. This is a fun exercise because of how different the styles of play are between the two teams.
The first Spurs title team was the foundation on which the Gregg Popovich era was built. Defense first, pound it inside to the big men and let them control the game on both sides of the court. They had the number one rated defense, 11th best offense and played at the tenth slowest pace in the league. They only had three players, Tim Duncan, David Robinson and Sean Elliott, average double figures in points. Duncan and Robinson combined for five blocks per game and close to 22 rebounds per game. They also went to the free throw line an ungodly 14.5 times per game, which crippled other team's bigs' ability to stay on the floor. Basically this team didn't make a ton if mistakes (bottom half of the league in turnovers) and punishing teams inside. They were nearly unstoppable in the postseason, losing only two games and sweeping both the L.A. Lakers and Portland Trailblazers, who were arguably the next two best teams in the league.
On the other hand, the 2010-2011 team won using offense, offense, offense. They were undersized, had the second best offense in the league and the 11th ranked defense. Instead of two seven footers, the Spurs starting center was either 6'9" or 6'7". They were number one in 3-point shooting percentage, eighth in assists and middle of the pack in every defensive category. They were powered by Tony Parker and Manu Giniobili both averaging 17 points per game, as well as three other players in double figures and Gary Neal just missing out at 9.8 ppg. They flamed out in the first round in the playoffs thanks in part to a Ginobili broken arm, Zack Randolph playing outside his mind and Parker wetting the bed against Mike Conley.
So who wins? Well let's break it down in categories: