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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: September 23, 12:22 PM ET
No. 2: San Antonio Spurs

By Eddie Matz
ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 3
Title track: 12
Ownership: 1
Coaching: 1
Players: 1
Fan relations: 1
Affordability: 3
Stadium Experience 9
Bang for the Buck 10

Nobody does outreach the way the Spurs do. Thanks to an overactive community relations program that featured Manu Ginobili tweeting brain teasers as part of Manus Mathletes; Aussie native Patty Mills playing the didgeridoo at Green Valley Elementary; and Kawhi Leonard exercising with Carson Elementary schoolers as part of the Team Up Challenge, the Western Conference champs outclassed the entire field in the fan relations category for the eighth time in 11 years since the standings debuted. Even though its one of four categories they topped -- and they were the sole team in the 122-squad field with as many as seven top-10 rankings -- the Spurs somehow managed to miss out on the No. 1 overall spot. Again. (They finished third last year.) Blame it on the law of (weighted) averages; the three areas in which the Spurs trailed the Grizzlies (this years standings champ) accounted for nearly half of the overall score. Confused? Perhaps one of Manus Mathletes could help explain.