The Spurs' tricky road back to relevance

The Spurs have three stars: Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.

Duncan was an obvious choice, but R.C. Buford and his staff were masterful in identifying the latter two stars with low draft picks.

Can they do something like that again? They may have to, as the narrative of the Spurs is changing. It's no longer the place to go to win a ring alongside Duncan.

Timothy Varner of 48 Minutes of Hell:

San Antonio built the foundation of their championship teams through the draft -- David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker. They’ve filled in the cracks through free agency.

This leads me to believe San Antonio’s most pressing challenge is not personnel or payroll, it’s their market. No one doubts the Spurs’ ability to find great role players, whether the next Bruce Bowen or Gary Neal. But can they find another All-Star late in the draft?

The allure of playing in San Antonio has never been the city itself. Rather, it’s always been the opportunity to play with Tim Duncan. The Spurs can no longer play that card.