Back to back games always brings troubles for the teams, but this doesn’t seem to be true for the San Antonio Spurs.
These amazing results are possible because San Antonio is a real 12-men team.Every one is involved in their system, the minutes, the shots, the oppurtunities are well shared among every player.
Tony Parker lead the Spurs in minutes played, but he’s averaging just 31,1 per game. If we check the other teams we can see that the average of minutes played by the most used players in every team is 35,7. This means that on a 82 games season Parker will play 377 minutes less than the others team leaders in this category, 377 minutes means 8 entire games. This will allow him to save a lot of energy for the post season, and that’s so important for other players too, like Duncan that at 37 years old needs a bit more of rest during the regular season, to be able to play his A-game in the playoffs.
Obviously if Parker, Duncan and the other San Antonio’s starters can play such -relatively- few minutes is possible just having players coming off from the bench that are just as good as the starters. And this is (in my advice) the real key of San Antonio’s success. They don’t have a real second unit, they have two first units.
San Antonio’s second unit is ranked 1st in minutes played with 26,1 (they share the first position with Cleveland) while the second team is Denver with 20,5. They are 1st in assist per game with 11,7, they’re 1st even in steals per game with 3,7, and they have the best scoring production in the Nba with 46 ppg and 49,1% from the field.
With a second unit like that, San Antonio’s fan has a lot to smile for, and when the playoffs will comes their beloved Spurs will be there ready to compete for the title. Again