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Spurs win fifth NBA championship

Even after going behind 22-6 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs would not be denied. Gregg Popovich's team quickly roared past the Miami Heat, clinching the 2014 NBA championship with a 104-87 win. It gives Popovich and star player Tim Duncan their fifth championships but first since 2007, meaning youngsters such as Kawhi Leonard are tasting triumph for the first time. What does the future hold for this squad? Where do Popovich and Duncan rank on their respective all-time lists?

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  • Where does Tim Duncan rank among the best players in NBA history?

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  • Where does Gregg Popovich rank among the best NBA coaches ever?

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  • Which team is more likely to win next season's championship?

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  • Who gets your vote for NBA Finals MVP?

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  • What grade would you give the 2014 NBA playoffs?

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The Spurs' four best players now live on the head of a man from Texas. A customer at KardzMatic Barbershop in San Antonio got lifelike representations of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, and Manu Ginobili shaved into his head, and the result is incredibly impressive, if a little unsettling. Memo to those fans who get championship tattoos before their team actually wins a championship -- this might be a better way of going about it.


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Kyrie Irving showed he is a serious threat with the ball in his hands, having upped his average in points and assists from his rookie year to his sophomore season. Now that the Cavaliers added Anthony Bennett and Andrew Bynum to the roster, that should give Irving the room he needs to be even more explosive on the offensive end. Will Irving be the league's biggest breakout star? Are second-year players Bradley Beal and Andre Drummond poised to up there production as well? NBA Insider Bradford Doolittle had his say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in! Click the images below to set your rankings!

2013-14 NBA breakout players

Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal

Wizards G
2012-13: 13.9 PPG, 2.4 APG, 3.8 RPG

Patrick Beverley

Patrick Beverley

Rockets G
2012-13: 5.6 PPG, 2.9 APG, 2.7 RPG

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

Pelicans F
2012-13: 13.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.75 BPG

Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond

Pistons C
2012-13: 7.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.58 BPG

Evan Fournier

Evan Fournier

Nuggets G
2012-13: 5.3 PPG, 1.2 APG, 0.9 RPG

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Cavaliers G
2012-13: 22.5 PPG, 5.9 APG, 3.7 RPG

Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter

Jazz C
2012-13: 7.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.46 BPG

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

Spurs F
2012-13: 11.9 PPG, 1.6 APG, 6.0 RPG

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee

Nuggets C
2012-13: 9.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.99 BPG

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers

Pelicans G
2012-13: 6.2 PPG, 2.1 APG, 1.8 RPG

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From the inside out, we've seen a little bit of everything in the playoffs -- dominating all-around play from LeBron James, strong defensive performances by Roy Hibbert and spectacular shooting from Stephen Curry. But who knew players such as Nate Robinson, Mike Conley or Kawhi Leonard would step up the way they have? NBA Insider David Thorpe ran down his postseason MVP rankings and it's time for SportsNation to do the same.

NBA postseason MVPs

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Knicks, F
Postseason: 29.3 PPG, 1.9 APG, 6.5 RPG

Andrew Bogut

Andrew Bogut

Warriors, C
Postseason: 8.1 PPG, 2.0 BPG, 11.0 RPG

Mike Conley

Mike Conley

Grizzlies, G
Postseason: 17.9 PPG, 7.8 APG, 4.5 RPG

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Warriors, G
Postseason: 26.5 PPG, 8.9 APG, 4.3 RPG

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

Spurs, F
Postseason: 18.7 PPG, 1.3 APG, 8.3 RPG

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Thunder, F
Postseason: 33.3 PPG, 6.4 APG, 9.1 RPG

Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol

Grizzlies, C
Postseason: 18.5 PPG, 3.5 APG, 7.5 RPG

Paul George

Paul George

Pacers, F
Postseason: 18.9 PPG, 4.4 APG, 8.3 RPG

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert

Pacers, C
Postseason: 13.5 PPG, 2.5 BPG, 9.1 RPG

LeBron James

LeBron James

Heat, F
Postseason: 23.5 PPG, 7.2 APG, 7.3 RPG

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

Spurs, F
Postseason: 13.0 PPG, 1.7 APG, 8.3 RPG

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah

Bulls, C
Postseason: 11.7 PPG, 2.4 APG, 9.6 RPG

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

Spurs, G
Postseason: 22.8 PPG, 6.2 APG, 4.5 RPG

Zach Randolph

Zach Randolph

Grizzlies, F
Postseason: 19.8 PPG, 1.8 APG, 8.3 RPG

Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson

Bulls, G
Postseason: 17.4 PPG, 4.0 APG, 2.0 RPG

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