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2014-15 Southwest Division Preview

By Brett David Roberts
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Jun 18, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) waves to the crowd during NBA championship celebrations at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

1) San Antonio Spurs

2013-14 record: 62-20
Vs Southwest Division: 12-4
Playoffs: Won NBA Title

The San Antonio Spurs return all relevant players from last year’s title team, and there’s no reason to expect a fall off. The Spurs are a beauty to watch, leading the NBA in assists per game (25.2), a testament to the ball movement within the offense.

While the Spurs had the NBA’s sixth highest scoring offense at 105.4 points per game, it also had the sixth stingiest defense, surrendering just 97.6 points per game. That’s the recipe for a title.

Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker have had a great run together. The Spurs will keep this going long past their respective retirements, though. Kawhi Leonard, the 2014 Finals MVP, is emerging as a legitimate star. Tiago Splitter is a good defender and quick on his feet, invaluable to a defense. Danny Green is a lethal shooter and still is getting better.

And the Spurs management always keeps the shelves stocked by drafting gems late in the first round. While there are a lot of teams on the rise in the West, the Spurs just stay on top.

2014-15 Prediction: 59-13
Playoffs: Lose in WCF to OKC

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