Listed in order of predicted finish
2005-06 record -- 63-19
Outlook -- In a season in which little worked out, they still had the most wins in the league before losing to the Mavericks in a seven-game second-round series after Dallas won the pivotal Game 3 with the help of many close calls. Nevertheless, coach-GM Gregg Popovich set about finding help up front for Tim Duncan, 30, letting methodical Nazr Mohammed and Rasho Nesterovic go, and bringing in springy Francisco Elson and athletic Jackie Butler. More important, Duncan is healthy again after playing hurt all last season and posting career lows of 18.6 points and 48.4 percent from the field....