The Spurs have experienced an almost unprecedented wave of good fortune for the best part of 15 years, going all the way back to the greatest event in the club's history - David Robinson' leg break. Without that there would be no first pick and without that, Tim Duncan would not display his freakish consistency year in, year out since his arrival.
Now lets be realistic. I hate to burst our collective bubble but nothing lasts forever. We should never write the Spurs off but I reckon Duncan has at the absolute most, three years left. Ginobili? Probably less. Take them away and Parker's desire to toil away comes into question. So what does the team look like in three years then?
Well considering Splitter's hefty new contract, one would think he quickly needs to become a 20-10 guy. Will that happen? His defensive play has always been impressive but while Duncan is still there, opportunities to build his low post game have been sparse.
Leonard I feel has taken a step back. It would be hard to top last years' performance where he put in an awesome display in the Final's proving he's one of only a handful of players in the league capable of guarding LeBron. It's crucial he steps up a gear now as he looks like the future of the Franchise.
Boris Diaw as always, is the unheralded one. One of the best passing forwards in the league, his versatility and his willingness to buy into a system which sees him on the bench for most of the game highlight a common attitude in San Antonio. The team philosophy is central to their success and players like Diaw are essential.
Are the rest of the supporting cast able to take over the reins? I don't see it happening. Buford and Pop are going to need to become active in the trade window for a few years. As a fan I really hope they don't end up in no man's land.When the Big Three retire, how is our Win% going to look? How high are we going to get to draft? Will Pop stay on and if so, can he create even more magic buy meshing another team without the GOAT PUFF?