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The San Antonio Spurs should be the favourites for the NBA title

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The San Antonio Spurs, the most underrated team in the league and the most under-appreciated franchise in the NBA are constantly overlooked as the favourite for the NBA title.

They appear to be the most complete unit rolled out onto the hardwood each game, they hold the best record in the league at 55-16 and are on a quiet 15-game winning streak.

In the sports age of today, with social media and the over-dramatisation of every minor aspect of the game, how do you possibly keep quiet a 15-game winning streak?

Gregg Popovich surely knows the answer, his Spurs again rumble into the playoffs and are likely to secure the number one seed in the remarkably deep and talented Western Conference, yet no one seems to mention them as NBA title favourites.

The Spurs continue to rest and rotate their starting line-up and despite the age of the "Old Big-Three" (Duncan 37, Parker 31, Ginobili 36) they look refreshed at this late point in the season as franchises steady their ships for the rocky seas of the playoffs.

Another area that is overlooked when speaking of the Spurs is the depth they hold, their bench this season are putting up 45.3 points and 11.1 assists per game which tops any other bench in the NBA.

This is a good time to remind everyone that the Spurs came one defensive rebound or two made free throws away from de-throning the two-time champion Miami Heat as they pushed them all the way in seven games in last years finals.

Yes, many still question Popovich's decision to bench Tim Duncan in those finals but this head coach has dragged his team to the playoffs in 16 straight seasons and has four glistening NBA title rings on his fingers.

Their current play style wears the opposition out, their extra passes coupled with slick cuts to the baskets have defenders constantly looking over their shoulder and leaving silver and black jerseys unmarked all over the court.

The Juggernaut that is the Spurs franchise rolls on for another year, hungrier than ever after their dramatic defeat in last years finals.

They compete terrifically on both ends of the floor, they play fundamental, high IQ basketball and all players buy into a system led by one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time in Gregg Popovich.

Another run at a title is defiantly on the cards and to overlook the San Antonio Spurs would be nothing but foolish at this point in the season, they will make you eat you words as they do season after season.

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