Everyone knows the stereotype with the Spurs: boring. That’s actually completely incorrect, unless you find things like quality spacing, terrific execution, intelligent offense, splendid fundamentals and magnificent ball movement boring. But then again, those people probably also thought Godfather II was boring and love John Cena movies.
Another stereotype that’s also kind of incorrect: they’re old. Tim Duncan’s old. Manu Ginobili’s old. Tony Parker’s old-ish. But the dirty little secret about the Spurs is that they have some serious youth in their ranks too. Kawhi Leonard is 21. Danny Green is 25. Gary Neal is 28. Tiago Splitter is 28. Cory Joseph is 21. Nando De Colo is 25.
And here’s the funny thing about all those guys: Gregg Popovich has absolutely no problem playing any of them. And thereby, the Spurs develop those young players on the fly, which in turn is why I think a lot of people think of the team as old. Because you’re used to seeing Green and Leonard and Splitter and Neal. They seem just as veteran as anyone else on the roster.
The Spurs develop. They cultivate talent, and not just top tier lottery guys. Cast-offs from elsewhere, foreigners, D-League, whatever. They are the masters. Henry Abbott of TrueHoop wrote a really great piece illustrating this developmental philosophy: Keep Reading…