Every year around this time, a bunch of NBA team bloggers gather to preview the upcoming NBA season. With no idea of when the season will start, due to the NBA lockout, we thought we would change it up a bit due to these circumstances.
Team Name: San Antonio Spurs
Last Year’s Record: 61-21
Free Agents: Steve Novak and Chris Quinn
Team Needs: Size up front. A veteran point guard that could step in if Cory Joseph struggles as Tony Parker's primary backup.
1. What are your team's biggest needs this offseason?
The Spurs really need to get back to basics, and most importantly, that means defense. I'm not expecting the kind of defense the spurs had during Bruce Bowen's tenure, but the Spurs' efforts to outgun everyone and do their best on defense were only effective during their impressive regular season run, before falling short to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs. They gave up some defense on the perimeter by trading away George Hill, but they received what many expect to be a defensive stalwart in San Diego State's Kawhi Leonard. Leonard not only adds youth, but also athleticism and the ability to block and defend inside and out. Spurs GM R.C. Buford said on draft night that after taking a look at some of the teams the Spurs would have to face in the future, size at each position was a weakness and also something Leonard addresses.