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Derrick White has a real shot at making an All-Defensive Team

And this is just the beginning.

The Spurs don’t know who they are yet, and that’s fine

In this transitional phase, maintaining flexibility in all areas is much more important than establishing a rigid identity.

The Spurs are starting big again, and it’s working

The Spurs are benefiting from a recent shift to a two-big starting lineup.

Pau Gasol’s departure doesn’t change much for the Spurs

A Gasol buyout felt inevitable, even if it doesn’t help the Spurs too much.

Jakob Poeltl had another terrific game ... will he keep starting?

Poeltl started against Detroit and played exceptionally well — only it wasn’t actually an exception.

The post game is dead, long live the post game

Post-ups aren’t what they once were, and they may never be that way again. That doesn’t mean they’re not an important part of some of the league’s best offenses, including San Antonio’s.

What Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks means for the Spurs

The Spurs reportedly tried to trade for the big man, but their division rival got him.

LaMarcus Aldridge is growing as a playmaker

Aldridge’s gradual evolution within the system has led to an uptick in assists and found him at the center of one of the bench’s more common sets.

DeMar DeRozan’s January struggles show how connected his scoring and playmaking are

He may be exciting his slump, but the way his numbers dropped is illuminating.

Derrick White’s rise brings new upside to the Spurs’ present and future

The versatile guard is putting together a breakout sophomore season that few people, including his coach, saw coming.

How the Spurs fixed their struggling defense

A few adjustments can go a very long way.

Gregg Popovich has the Spurs exceeding expectations once again

After a terrible first quarter of the season, the Spurs have turned things around dramatically and now look like a playoff lock.

Why the Spurs’ midrange stars are more efficient than you think

How an offense built around postups and midrange pullups has been elite through the first half of the season.

How the Spurs started killing double teams

. . . and other good news about San Antonio’s offense.

With Derrick White and Davis Bertans the Spurs have regained their identity

The two role players have given San Antonio the edge it was lacking.

How the Spurs should manage the return of Pau Gasol

Gasol’s return seems imminent, and finding a way to insert him back into the lineup could be tricky.

The Spurs are finding their core lineups

After tinkering with the rotations for the first 25 games of the season, Gregg Popovich has found some combinations that work.

The Spurs’ biggest edge so far is good old-fashioned discipline

In an age of pace-and-space excess, the new-look Spurs are carving an identity around long-ball austerity, minimizing their mistakes, and doing all the little things right.

DeMar DeRozan uses the Euro-step unlike anyone else

The Spurs guard uses a familiar move in a distinctly effective way.

LaMarcus Aldridge has been getting well before our eyes

Don’t look now, but Aldridge has quietly become an efficient shooter again.

The Spurs are playing Dante Cunningham too much

Cunningham has been given too big a role and it’s hurting the Spurs.

What to make of the Derrick White Experience

So much good, so much bad...

Bryn Forbes is making the most of his green light

The undrafted third-year guard has thrived as an unlikely starter trying to help this Spurs team stay afloat.

The Spurs have a serious turnover problem

You’d think having the league’s lowest turnover rate would be a good thing ...

Giving up on Davis Bertans would be a big mistake

Bertans has always been on a short leash and is now out of the rotation, but he could help the Spurs if given a real chance.

DeMar DeRozan is on his way to a season matched only by Michael Jordan

What DeMar DeRozan’s incredible start means.

The Spurs haven’t yet found a role for Jakob Poeltl

Against the Magic, Poeltl reminded everyone that he can play. But the Spurs are still searching for a place for him in their rotation.

The Spurs’ slow-paced offense is also the league’s hardest-working

The Spurs have long ago dispelled the notion that ‘pace’ and tempo are interrelated basketball concepts, but they may actually be at odds with each other.

The Spurs are changing with the league, at their own pace

Teams are pushing the pace and bombing away from deep with reckless abandon. The Spurs are treading carefully into this brave new NBA world.

LaMarcus Aldridge has become an elite offensive rebounder

Aldridge is a terror on the offensive glass. Concerns about transition defense shouldn’t prevent the Spurs from taking advantage of it.

Why the Spurs defense is the NBA’s worst (and what can be done about it)

Things are bad right now, but they don’t have to stay that way.

The kind of post-up that’s killing the Spurs offense

Not all post opportunities are created equal, and being selective could yield huge dividends for San Antonio.