The San Antonio Spurs have provided the blueprint for teams in the Association to build a roster “naturally,” as opposed to trying to buy an NBA Title as the Miami Heat has done and the Brooklyn Nets are attempting to do this year. The Spurs have assembled their squad mostly through the NBA Draft, with an occasional trade or Free Agent acquisition, to fill a need. The Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies are two clubs that have come a long way in a short time following that blueprint; while there are other franchises that have gone that rout and are close to becoming contenders.
The team from San Antonio has not only influenced other clubs putting together rosters, they have exported former employees to bigger positions on new squads, usually successfully. Former disciples of Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich include Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry and recently re-hired Cleveland Cavaliers bench boss Mike Brown. Last month Ferry brought in another former member of the San Antonio management, hiring Mike Budenholzer to be the new head coach in Atlanta.
Yet another Spurs assistant will take over leading a team on the floor, as “Philly.com” has reported that the Philadelphia 76ers have come to terms with Brett Brown, for what is said to be four-year-pact. He replaces former Sixers head coach Doug Collins who was fired after the completion of the regular season. Brown had been a member of the Spurs coaching staff since 2002 and was on the bench as an assistant since the 2006-2007 campaign. The brain-trust in Philadelphia, hopes that the 52-year-old rookie head coach can be a good teacher for the young players on the squad, notably big man Nerlens Noel and point guard Michael Carter-Williams, both selected by the Sixers in the first round of the NBA Draft in June.