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San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
Information
Conference Western Conference NBA Western Conference
Division Southwest Division
Founded 1967 (Joined NBA in 1976)
History Dallas Chaparrals (ABA)
1967–1970, 1971–1973
Texas Chaparrals (ABA)
1970–1971
San Antonio Spurs (ABA)
1973–1976
San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
1976–present
Arena AT&T Center
City San Antonio, Texas
Team Colors Silver, Black
         
Media KENS
KMYS
Fox Sports Southwest
WOAI
KCOR
Owner(s) Spurs Sports & Entertainment (Peter John Holt, Chairman and CEO)
General Manager R.C. Buford
Head Coach Gregg Popovich
Uniform Sponsor Frost Bank
D-League affiliate Austin Spurs
Championships
NBA NBA Championship logo 5 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
Conference Conference Championship logo 6 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014)
Division 22 (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
Other
Retired numbers 8 (00, 6, 12, 13, 21, 32, 44, 50)
Official Website spurs.com
Uniforms
San Antonio Spurs home uniform San Antonio Spurs road uniform San Antonio Spurs alternate uniform
Home court
Spurs 14H

The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs are a member of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the NBA.

The Spurs are one of four former American Basketball Association (ABA) teams to remain intact in the NBA after the 1976 ABA–NBA merger and the only former ABA team to have won an NBA championship. The Spurs' five NBA championships are the fourth most in history behind only the Boston Celtics (17), Los Angeles Lakers (16), Chicago Bulls (6), and Golden State Warriors (6). The Spurs currently rank first among active franchises for the highest winning percentage in NBA history, and have a winning head-to-head regular season record against every active NBA franchise.

In their 40 NBA seasons since 1976–77, the Spurs have won 22 division titles. They have made the playoffs in 27 of the last 28 seasons (since 1989–90) and have only missed the playoffs four times since entering the NBA; they have not missed the playoffs in the 20 seasons since Tim Duncan was drafted by the Spurs in 1997. With their 50th win in the 2016–17 season, the Spurs extended their record for most consecutive 50-win seasons to 18 (the 1998–99 season was shortened to 50 games because of a lockout and based on their win percentage of .740, would have easily surpassed 50 wins in an 82-game season, and thus extend the record by 2 more seasons). Thus, since the 1997–98 season, the Spurs have had 20 consecutive seasons with a winning percentage of .610 or greater during the regular season which is also an NBA record. The team's success during this period coincides with the tenure of current head coach Gregg Popovich, who had been the team's general manager before replacing Bob Hill in 1996.

The Spurs in San Antonio

The Spurs are the only major professional sports franchise to be located in the San Antonio area, and the city shares a special bond with the team almost unmatched in the rest of the NBA. Spurs players are active members of the San Antonio community, and many former Spurs are still active in San Antonio, like David Robinson's Carver Academy and the George Gervin Youth Center.

In part because of this community involvement, Spurs fans have been among the most loyal in the NBA. The Spurs set several NBA attendance records while playing at the Alamodome, including the largest crowd ever for a NBA Finals game in 1999, and the Spurs continue to sell out the smaller, more intimate AT&T Center on a regular basis. The Spurs' rallying cry of "Go Spurs Go!" has endeared itself to the city of San Antonio, and the phrase pops up all over the city as the season progresses into the playoffs and the Spurs inch closer to a possible title.

San Antonio has also garnered praise for the way its citizens celebrate Spurs championships. When the Spurs win a title, San Antonians jam up the streets downtown, march around waving flags, throw confetti and honk car horns until dawn, but with little incidence of crime. There has yet to be a major riot involving a Spurs title celebration.

Team history

Early franchise history in the ABA

The San Antonio Spurs started out as the Dallas Chaparrals of the original version of the American Basketball Association (ABA) in 1967. The team suffered from poor attendance and general disinterest in Dallas. In fact, during the 1970-1971 season, the name "Dallas" was dropped in favor of "Texas" and an attempt was made to make the team a regional one, playing games in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Tarrant County Coliseum, as well as Lubbock, Texas, at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, but this proved a failure and the team returned full-time to Dallas in time for the 1971-1972 season, splitting their games at Moody Coliseum and Dallas Convention Center Arena.

After missing the playoffs for the first time in their existence in 1972-1973, the team was put up for sale. The team was acquired by a group of 36 San Antonio businessmen, led by John Schaefer, Angelo Drossos and Red McCombs who actually leased the team from the original Dallas ownership group, relocated the team to San Antonio, Texas and renamed them the Spurs. The team's primary colors were changed from the red, white, and blue of the Chapparrals to the now familiar silver and black motif of the Spurs.

The team quickly made themselves at home at San Antonio's HemisFair Arena playing to increasingly large and raucous crowds. The early Spurs were led by ABA veteran James Silas and bolstered by the acquisition in early-1974 of future NBA Hall-of-Famer George Gervin from the Virginia Squires. Even though playoff success would elude the team in the ABA, the Spurs had suddenly found themselves among the top teams in the ABA. In 1976, the ABA folded, threatening the future of San Antonio's sole professional sports franchise. The NBA however decided to admit four ABA teams into the league, with the Spurs being one of them along with the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and, the New York Nets, now the Brooklyn Nets.

Early NBA seasons

Although there was some initial skepticism in league circles regarding the potential success and talent levels of the incoming ABA teams, the Spurs would prove worthy of NBA inclusion during the 1975-1976 season with a record of 44-38, good for a tie for fourth place overall in the Eastern Conference. The Spurs would go on to capture 5 division titles in their first 7 years in the NBA and became a perennial playoff participant.

The 1980s

The decade of the 1980s marked both highs, then lows, and an eventual high. For the first few seasons of the decade, the Spurs continued their success of the 1970s with records of 52-30 in 1980-1981, 48-34 in 1981-1982, and 53-29 in 1982-1983. Despite their regular season success, the Spurs were unable to win any NBA championships, losing in the Western Conference playoffs to the Houston Rockets in 1981 and the Los Angeles Lakers in 1982 and 1983.

After the 1984-1985 season, Gervin, who arguably had been the Spurs' biggest star, was traded to the Chicago Bulls in what effectively signaled the end of the era that began when the Spurs first moved to San Antonio.

The next four seasons were a dark time in Spurs' history, with the team having a combined record of 115-215 from 1985-1986 until 1988-1989. The losing seasons and dwindling attendance often caused the Spurs to be mentioned as a potential candidate for relocation to another city. The lone bright spot during this period was the Spurs' being awarded the top pick in the 1987 NBA draft through NBA Draft Lottery. The Spurs used this selection on United States Naval Academy standout David Robinson. Although drafted in 1987, the Spurs would have to wait until the 1989-1990 season to see Robinson actually play due to a two-year commitment he had to serve with the United States Navy.

Although the 1988-1989 season was the worst in Spurs history at 21-61, it was notable for several reasons. It was the first season of full ownership for Red McCombs, who was an original investor in the team and helped solidify local ownership for the team. Additionally, the 1988-1989 season featured the debut of Larry Brown as the Spurs head coach who moved to San Antonio after winning the NCAA National Championship with the University of Kansas in 1988.

As the 1980s ended, the 1989-1990 season proved to be the rebirth of the Spurs franchise. Led by Robinson along with the newly added Terry Cummings and 1989 draftee Sean Elliott, the Spurs achieved the biggest one-season turnaround in NBA History, finishing with a record of 56-26. The Spurs eventually lost in the Western Conference semifinals after losing a seven-game series to the eventual Western Conference champion Portland Trail Blazers. Robinson had one of the most successful rookie seasons for a center in NBA history, finishing the season as Rookie of the Year while averaging 24.3 points and 12.0 rebounds.

The 1990s and First NBA championship

The Spurs began the 1990s with great optimism. The team became a perennial playoff presence although were never able to advance further than the second round of the NBA Playoffs under Brown's tutelage. Late in the 1991-1992 season, McCombs fired Brown and replaced him with Bob Bass who finished the season as interim head coach. McCombs made national headlines during the summer of
San Antonio Spurs logo (1989-2002)

Logo 1989-2002

1992 with the hiring of former UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian. The Tarkanian experiment proved a flop, as the coach was fired 20 games into the 1992-1993 season with the Spurs record at 9-11. After Rex Hughes filled the coaching shoes for one game, NBA veteran John Lucas was named head coach. It was Lucas's first NBA coaching assignment although he had gained recognition in league circles for his success in helping NBA players rehab from drug abuse.

The Lucas era started out successfully. His coaching propelled the team to a 39-22 finish over the rest of the regular season and the team reached the Western Conference semifinals, losing to the Phoenix Suns. The 1992-1993 season also marked the last that the Spurs would play in HemisFair Arena. In 1993 local businessman Peter M. Holt and a group of 22 investors purchased the Spurs from Red McCombs for $75 million.

The following season, the Spurs first in the newly built Alamodome, Lucas led the Spurs to a 55-27 record but the team suffered a loss in the first round of the playoffs to the Utah Jazz which led to the immediate firing of Lucas as head coach. Prior to the season the Spurs traded fan-favorite Elliott to the Detroit Pistons in return for rebounding star Dennis Rodman.

Lucas was replaced by former Pacers coach Bob Hill for the 1994-1995 season which would turn out to be the Spurs' most successful until 2006. Elliott returned to the team after an uneventful season with the Pistons and the team finished with the best record at 62-20 while David Robinson was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player. The Spurs reached the Western Conference Finals, but lost to the eventual NBA Champion Houston Rockets. Throughout the season and particularly in the playoffs there appeared to be friction developing between Rodman and several Spurs' teammates, most notably Robinson, and Rodman was traded after the season to the Chicago Bulls.

The Spurs finished the next season (1995-1996) under Hill at 59-23 and lost in the Western Conference Semifinals to the Jazz. Few observers could have predicted how far the Spurs would fall during the 1996-1997 season. After an injury that limited Robinson to six games during the season, the Spurs wound up with a 20-62 record, the worst in franchise history. Hill only lasted 18 games that season, eventually being replaced by Gregg Popovich, who had once been an assistant for the Spurs during Larry Brown's coaching turn.

Although the 1996-1997 season was not successful on the court for the Spurs, the offseason proved to be the opposite. With the third-worst record in the league, the Spurs won the NBA's draft lottery which gave them the top pick in the 1997 draft. The Spurs used their pick to select Wake Forest University product and consensus All-American Tim Duncan.

Duncan quickly emerged as a force in the NBA during the 1997-1998 season, averaging 21.1 points and 11.9 rebounds per game as a power forward. He was named First Team All-NBA while winning Rookie of the Year honors. The team ended up at 56-26 but once again lost to the Jazz in the Western Conference semifinals. While both Duncan and Robinson played low-post roles, the two seamlessly meshed on the court.

With a healthy Robinson and Duncan and the additions of playoff veterans such as Mario Elie and Jerome Kersey, the Spurs looked forward to the 1998-1999 season. Prior to the beginning of training camps however, the NBA owners led by commissioner David Stern locked out the players in order to force a new collective bargaining agreement with the NBA Players Association (NBAPA). The season was delayed over three months until resolution on a new labor agreement was reached in January 1999.

Playing a shortened 50-game season, the Spurs ended up with a 37-13 record. The team was just as dominant in the playoffs, rolling through the Western Conference with a record of 11-1. They faced the New York Knicks in the NBA Finals and, on June 25, 1999, won the series and the franchise's first NBA Championship in Game 5 (final score: 78-77) on the Knicks' home court of Madison Square Garden. Duncan was named the Finals MVP. The victory by the Spurs was not only the first NBA title to be won by a former ABA team, but also was the first Finals appearance by a team from the ABA.

The Spurs were not able to capitalize on their success during the 1999-2000 season. Although they finished with an overall record of 53-29, the Spurs lost in the first round to the Suns primarily due to an injury to Duncan which kept him out of the playoff series. The longterm viability of the Spurs franchise in San Antonio was however achieved during the 1999-2000 season, as Bexar County voters approved increases on car rental and hotel taxes which would allow for the construction of a new arena near Freeman Coliseum.

2000–2013: A new millennium, a new era, and "The Big Three" era

2000–2002: Coming up short

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The long-term viability of the Spurs franchise in San Antonio was, however, achieved during the 1999–2000 season, as Bexar County voters approved increases in car rental and hotel taxes which would allow for the construction of a new arena next to the Freeman Coliseum. The Spurs finished with 58–24 records for both the 2000–01 and 2001–02 seasons but found themselves suffering playoff ousters in both seasons from the eventual NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers, getting swept from the 2001 Conference Finals and losing in five games during the second round in 2002.

2002–03: Second NBA championship and David Robinson's final season

Prior to the 2002-2003 season, the team revealed their new logo, dumping the "fiesta colors" which had become unpopular with fans. Entering the 2002-2003 season, the team knew it would be memorable for at least two reasons, as David Robinson announced that it would be his last in the NBA and the Spurs would begin play at their new arena (approved in 1999 by County voters), the SBC Center (now the AT&T Center), named after telecommunications giant SBC, whose corporate headquarters are located in San Antonio. This version of the Spurs was very different from the team that had won the title a few years earlier. The Spurs had remade their team in an attempt to dethrone the three-time defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers. Second-year French star Tony Parker was now the starting point guard for the Spurs and the squad featured a variety of three-point shooters including Stephen Jackson, Danny Ferry, Bruce Bowen, Steve Kerr, Steve Smith and Argentina product Manu Ginobili. Mixing the inside presences of Duncan and Robinson with the newer outside threats, the Spurs earned a 60-22 record. In the playoffs, the Spurs defeated the Suns, Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks en route to facing the New Jersey Nets in the NBA Finals. The series against the Nets marked the first time two former ABA teams would play each other for the NBA Championship. The Spurs won the series 4-2, giving them their second NBA Championship in franchise history. Duncan was named both the NBA Regular Season and Finals MVP for the season.

2003–04 season

In the 2003-2004 season, the Spurs were knocked out of the playoffs by the Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Lakers rallied from a 0-2 hole in the series and won 4 straight. The series was defined by a controversial game-winning shot in Game 5 by Derek Fisher with 0:00.4 left in the game. After the stunning loss, the Spurs traveled to Los Angeles for Game 6, where they lost the game and the series. The Spurs spent the following offseason tweaking the team.

2004–05 season: Third NBA championship

With the acquisition of guard Brent Barry from Seattle, and the later additions of center Nazr Mohammed from New York (acquired in a midseason trade of Malik Rose to the dismay of Spurs fans), and veteran forward Glenn Robinson from free agency, alongside regulars Bruce Bowen, Robert Horry, Tony Parker, Manu Ginóbili, and Tim Duncan, the Spurs finished the 2004-2005 season ranked number two in the Western Conference with a 59-23 record, finishing with the best record in the Southwest Division. In the postseason the Spurs defeated the Denver Nuggets 4-1, the Seattle Supersonics 4-2 and the Phoenix Suns 4-1 before advancing to the NBA Finals, where they won the NBA championship for a third time in seven years by defeating the Eastern Conference champion and defending NBA Champion Detroit Pistons 4-3 on June 23, 2005. Tim Duncan was named Finals MVP, becoming only the fourth player to win the MVP award three times (joining Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, and Michael Jordan). Also, Manu Ginobili established himself as a NBA star, earning local, national, and international fan praise (particularly in his home country of Argentina) and a berth in that season's All-Star Game.

2005–06 season

In the 2005-2006 season, the Spurs broke their franchise record for wins in a season (63-19) and qualified for the playoffs for the ninth year in a row. (The Spurs and Indiana Pacers currently share the NBA's longest active consecutive playoff appearance streak with nine in a row — see Active NBA playoff appearance streaks.) However, the defending-champion Spurs were eliminated in the second round by the Dallas Mavericks in a 7-game semifinal series that, due to a quirk in the playoff ranking system, featured the two top teams in the conference.

During the 2006 off-season, the Spurs traded Rasho Nesterovic to the Toronto Raptors for Matt Bonner, Eric Williams, and a second-round draft pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. [1]

2006–07 season: Fourth NBA championship

The Spurs struggled during the first half of the 2006–07 season, which led to discussions of trading away veteran players to build for the future. The team remained intact, and the Spurs would win 13 games in a row during February and March, and were an NBA-best 25–6 in the final 31 games, as the Spurs were able to claim the 3-seed in the West. The Spurs cruised through the first round, while the #1-seeded Dallas Mavericks were upset. This set up a second-round series with the Phoenix Suns as the key series in the entire NBA playoffs, as this series featured the teams with the two best records remaining in the NBA.

The Spurs went on to win 4–2 in the contentious and controversial series versus the Suns. The series featured a Robert Horry foul on Steve Nash toward the end of Game 4 which resulted in Horry being suspended for two games. Those who said the second-round series against the Suns was the true NBA Finals would be proven right, as the Spurs easily dispatched the Utah Jazz in five games to reach the NBA Finals. In the Finals, the Spurs swept the Cleveland Cavaliers and captured their fourth title in nine years. Tony Parker, who dominated in the Finals averaging 24.5 ppg on 57% shooting, was named Finals MVP and became the first European-born player to win the award.[39]

2007–08 season

The 2007–2008 season saw the Spurs go 56–26 and finish 3rd in the Western Conference. The Spurs faced hurdles but would make it to the Western Conference Finals, but lose to the Lakers in five games. The next season would see the Spurs drop off in wins to 54–28 and lose to the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.

Two days before the 2009 NBA draft, general manager R. C. Buford acted to address the team's age and health concerns by acquiring 29-year-old swingman Richard Jefferson from the Milwaukee Bucks. The Spurs sent 38-year-old Bruce Bowen, 36-year-old Kurt Thomas, and 34-year-old Fabricio Oberto to the Bucks, who swapped Oberto to the Detroit Pistons for Amir Johnson.

The Spurs held three 2nd-round picks in the 2009 draft. Their selection of Pittsburgh Panthers forward DeJuan Blair with the #37 pick was described as a "steal" by analysts; the Spurs later drafted two guards they had been targeting with the No. 37 pick,[43] taking Miami Hurricanes shooting guard Jack McClinton and point/shooting guard Nando de Colo from France with the No. 51 and No. 53 picks, respectively. On July 10, 2009, the Spurs signed Detroit Pistons power forward Antonio McDyess to a three-year deal worth approximately $15 million in guaranteed money.

2009–10 season

The Spurs struggled with injuries during the 2009–10 regular season, but managed another 50-win season, finishing at 50–32. The seventh-seeded Spurs would once again battle the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs. After falling to the Mavericks in Game 1, the Spurs went on to avenge their 2009 defeat to Dallas by winning the series in six games. The Spurs however, were swept out of the playoffs in the following round by the Phoenix Suns.

2010–11 season

During the 2010 NBA draft, the Spurs management held the highest draft pick since the Tim Duncan draft a decade earlier. They drafted rookie James Anderson from Oklahoma State at #20. However, Anderson was soon sitting out of the first half of the season due to injuries. In 2010–11, the Spurs finished 61–21 to be the #1 seed, but an injury to Ginóbili in the final regular season game took a toll on the team, and they were upset by the #8 seeded Memphis Grizzlies.

2011–12 season

2011 brought a change to the Spurs' philosophy that set the stage for the next successful run in the club's history. Out went the stream of last-legs, wizened veterans that the Spurs had relied on to fill out the rotation behind the Big Three. Minutes went to younger and more athletic talent like Danny Green, Gary Neal, and Tiago Splitter, to whom Popovich would teach The Spurs' Way – a fast pace, unselfish passing, and accountability on defense. The biggest personnel move of the Spurs' off-season had the team sending guard George Hill to his hometown Indiana Pacers for San Diego State's Kawhi Leonard, a hyper-athletic forward selected #15 overall by the Pacers in the 2011 NBA draft. The team also selected Texas Longhorns' Cory Joseph as the #29 overall pick.

After the lockout that delayed the 2011–2012 season, the Spurs signed T.J. Ford, who would eventually retire in the middle of the season after playing only 14 games due to a stinger. Before the trade deadline, the Spurs decided to part ways with Richard Jefferson and sent him to the Golden State Warriors for Stephen Jackson, who had been a member of the 2003 championship team. Leonard then became the starting small forward. In the week following the trade deadline, the Spurs also signed forward Boris Diawafter his contract was bought out by the Charlotte Bobcats, and former Portland Trail Blazers guard Patrick Mills who played for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the CBA during the lockout. This gave the Spurs a deeper bench for their playoff run.

Despite the shortened 66-game NBA season due to the NBA lockout, the Spurs won 50 games and tied the Chicago Bulls for the best record in the league. They extended their streak of 50+ win seasons to 13 since the 1999–2000 season, an NBA record. Popovich won his second Coach of the Year.

The Spurs swept the first two rounds of the playoffs. With those two sweeps, a 10-game win streak to end the season, and wins in Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Finals, the Spurs would win 20 straight games. However, the Oklahoma City Thunder would end up winning the next four games in the West Finals, to take the series 4–2.

2012–13 season: First NBA Finals defeat

During the 2012 off-season, the Spurs re-signed swingman Danny Green, who was a welcome surprise for them from the previous season, and Tim Duncan, both for three years. The Spurs would have a strong 2012–13 season, going 58–24 and earning the #2 seed in the West.

The Spurs clinched the playoffs for a 16th consecutive season, as well as extended the NBA record with 50+ games for 14 consecutive seasons. On April 16, the Spurs signed two-time scoring champion, and seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady to help in the playoffs after waiving Stephen Jackson. The Spurs finished the regular season second in the Western Conference behind the Oklahoma City Thunder with a record of 58–24, and swept the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, 4–0. In the second round of the 2013 playoffs, the Spurs faced Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. They beat the Warriors four games to two.[48] In the conference finals, the Spurs swept the Memphis Grizzlies, with Tony Parker having an 18-assist performance in Game 2 and a 37-point performance in Game 4. The Spurs would meet the defending champion Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

The Spurs and Heat would alternate wins the first six games in the series. In Game 6, the Spurs were on the verge of winning their fifth NBA title. San Antonio was up five points with 28 seconds to go in regulation. An unlikely and uncharacteristic series of mishaps would doom the Spurs down the stretch, including the benching of Duncan by Popovich at the end of regulation with the Spurs on defense. The Heat missed their field goal attempt, but the undersized Spurs could not grab the defensive rebound. Chris Bosh rebounded the ball and Ray Allen then hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with five seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime, during which the Spurs were defeated 103–100. In Game 7, San Antonio jumped out to a lead early and kept the game close the entire way. Toward the end of the game, however, and despite a 24-point, 12 rebound effort, Duncan failed to convert on two attempts to tie the game: a missed layup and missed tip-in that allowed LeBron James to hit a jumper and increase the Heat's lead to 92–88. After a steal from Ginóbili, James hit two free throws after being fouled by Duncan, and when Ginóbili missed a subsequent 3-pointer, Dwyane Wade hit one out of two from the free throw line to put the game on ice, as the Heat would win their second straight championship.

2013–2016: Fifth NBA Championship, and Duncan's final seasons

2013–14 season: Fifth NBA Championship

The Spurs returned with their core roster largely intact, adding free agents Marco Belinelli and Jeff Ayres (formerly Jeff Pendergraph) while losing Gary Neal to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Spurs clinched the best record in the NBA with 62 wins, which included a franchise record 19 straight wins in February and March. In the first round of the playoffs, the eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks surprised the Spurs by taking the series to 7 games, but the Spurs prevailed in convincing fashion in the deciding Game 7. In the second round, Tim Duncan surpassed Karl Malone for fifth place in NBA playoffs all-time points scored while the Spurs cruised past the Portland Trail Blazers in 5 games. San Antonio played the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, which marked the third straight appearance in the Western Conference Finals for the Spurs, and defeated them in 6 games to advance to the Finals for a second straight year for a rematch with the Miami Heat. It was also the first time that they had advanced to the Finals in consecutive years. This made it the first time since 1998 NBA Finals that the same two teams faced off in the Finals in consecutive years. With a victory in the second game of the series, Duncan, Ginóbili, and Parker won more playoff games together than any other three players on the same team in NBA history. The Spurs would go on to win the 2014 NBA Championship, 4 games to 1. The Spurs blew out Miami in all of their wins, each of them by 15 or more points. Kawhi Leonard had a breakout performance and was named NBA Finals MVP for his big game performance and is the third youngest to win it, behind Magic Johnson and teammate Duncan. In the 2014 NBA draft, they selected Kyle Anderson out of UCLA as the 30th overall pick.

During the 2014 off-season, the Spurs made headlines when they announced that they had hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, effective with her retirement as a player at the end of the 2014 WNBA season. Hammon became the first full-time female coach in any of the four major U.S. professional leagues.

2014–15 season

The 2014–15 season was an up-and-down season, but finishing strong with a 55–27 regular season record and 6th seed in the West, they qualified for the playoffs. They faced the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. The Spurs went up 3–2 heading into Game 6 at San Antonio. However, the Clippers would win that game and go on to win Game 7 at home. The San Antonio Spurs became the first defending champions since the 2011–12 Dallas Mavericks to be eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

2015–16 season: Tim Duncan's final season and retirement

With the acquisitions of four-time All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and veteran big man David West during the off-season, the Spurs finished the 2016–17 season with a 67–15 record, earning them the Southwest Division title. They also set a franchise record for most wins in a season with 67 and a NBA record for most home wins in a season with 40 (tying the 1985–86 Boston Celtics 40–1 home record). The Spurs also had the league's best defense. During the playoffs they swept the shorthanded Memphis Grizzles in the first round before losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 6 games in the second round. They would become the first team since the 2006–07 Dallas Mavericks to finish with 67 wins and be eliminated before the conference finals.

On July 11, 2016, Duncan announced his retirement from the NBA after 19 seasons with the Spurs. He became one of two players in NBA history to record at least 26,000 points, 15,000 rebounds and 3,000 blocks in his career (along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) while also being the only NBA player to reach 1,000 wins with a single team.

2017–present: Post–Duncan era

2016–17 season

In the 2016–17 season, despite the retirement of longtime captain Tim Duncan, the Spurs—led by Kawhi Leonard—remained a title contender and finished with a record of 61–21. After defeating the Grizzlies and the Rockets in the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Spurs—who suffered injuries to Leonard, Parker, and David Lee—were swept by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. In the third quarter of Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals, Leonard landed on Zaza Pachulia's foot after attempting a field goal and re-aggravated an existing ankle injury; he sat out the remainder of the series. In the following off-season, the Spurs re-signed Aldridge, Pau Gasol and Patty Mills and signed Rudy Gay, but lost Dewayne Dedmon and Jonathon Simmons to free agency.

2017–18 season: Tony Parker's final season with the Spurs and Manu Ginóbili's retirement

The Spurs' 2017–18 season was overshadowed by an injury to star Kawhi Leonard and reports of ensuing disputes between Leonard and the Spurs regarding the handling of that injury. Leonard missed the first 27 games of the 2017–18 season with a right quadriceps injury. In January 2018, after a brief comeback, he was ruled out for an indefinite period of time to continue his rehabilitation process from right quadriceps tendinopathy. Leonard was subsequently cleared to play by the Spurs medical staff, but he solicited a second opinion from his own doctors. In March, the Spurs held a players-only meeting in which Leonard's teammates reportedly asked him to return to the court; the meeting was described as "tense and emotional". Leonard did not play again in 2018. On April 3, 2018, the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Spurs 113–110, handing San Antonio its 33rd loss of the season. This loss ended the Spurs' record streak of eighteen 50-win seasons that had stretched back to 2000, including the 2011–12 season, which was shortened by a lockout (the Spurs finished 50–16). The Spurs eventually finished the season with a record of 47–35 and were defeated 4–1 by the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs. Following the season, LaMarcus Aldridge was named to the All-NBA Second Team and point guard Dejounte Murray was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

In June 2018, following months of reports of growing tension between Leonard's camp and the Spurs stemming from a disagreement over his injury rehabilitation process, reports indicated that Leonard had requested a trade.[71] On July 18, 2018, Leonard and Danny Green were traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Pöltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick. On July 6, 2018, Tony Parker signed with the Charlotte Hornets after having played his entire 17-year career with the Spurs. On August 27, Manu Ginóbili announced his retirement after a 16-year career with the Spurs. The Spurs signed forwards Quincy Pondexter and Dante Cunningham and guard Marco Belinelli and re-signed guard Bryn Forbes and forward Rudy Gay.

Season-by-season records

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Percentage

Season W L  % Playoffs Results
Dallas Chaparrals (ABA)
1967-68 46 32 .590 Won Division Semifinals
Lost Division Finals
Dallas 3, Houston 0
New Orleans 4, Dallas 1
1968-69 41 37 .526 Lost Division Semifinals New Orleans 4, Dallas 3
1969-70 45 39 .536 Lost Division Semifinals Los Angeles 4, Dallas 2
Texas Chaparrals (ABA)
1970-71 30 54 .357 Lost Division Semifinals Utah 4, Dallas 0
Dallas Chaparrals (ABA)
1971-72 42 42 .500 Lost Division Semifinals Utah 4, Dallas 0
1972-73 28 56 .333
San Antonio Spurs (ABA)
1973-74 45 39 .536 Lost Division Semifinals Indiana 4, San Antonio 3
1974-75 51 33 .607 Lost Division Semifinals Indiana 4, San Antonio 2
1975-76 50 34 .595 Lost Division Semifinals New York 4, San Antonio 3
San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
1976-77 44 38 .537 Lost First Round Boston 2, San Antonio 0
1977-78 52 30 .634 Lost Conference Semifinals Washington 4, San Antonio 2
1978-79 48 34 .585 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
San Antonio 4, Philadelphia 3
Washington 4, San Antonio 3
1979-80 41 41 .500 Lost First Round Houston 2, San Antonio 1
1980-81 52 30 .634 Lost Conference Semifinals Houston 4, San Antonio 3
1981-82 48 34 .585 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
San Antonio 4, Seattle
Los Angeles 4, San Antonio 0
1982-83 53 29 .646 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
San Antonio 4, Denver 1
Los Angeles 4, San Antonio 2
1983-84 37 45 .451
1984-85 41 41 .500 Lost First Round Denver 3, San Antonio 2
1985-86 35 47 .427 Lost First Round LA Lakers 3, San Antonio 0
1986-87 28 54 .341
1987-88 31 51 .378 Lost First Round LA Lakers 3, San Antonio 0
1988-89 21 61 .256
1989-90 56 26 .683 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
San Antonio 3, Denver 0
Portland 4, San Antonio 3
1990-91 55 27 .671 Lost First Round Golden State 3, San Antonio 1
1991-92 47 35 .573 Lost First Round Phoenix 3, San Antonio 0
1992-93 49 33 .598 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
San Antonio 3, Portland 1
Phoenix 4, San Antonio 2
1993-94 55 27 .671 Lost First Round Utah 3, San Antonio 1
1994-95 62 20 .756 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
San Antonio 3, Denver 0
San Antonio 4, LA Lakers 2
Houston 4, San Antonio 2
1995-96 59 23 .720 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
San Antonio 3, Phoenix 1
Utah 4, San Antonio 2
1996-97 20 62 .244
1997-98 56 26 .683 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
San Antonio 3, Phoenix 1
Utah 4, San Antonio 1
1998-99 37 13 .740 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
San Antonio 3, Minnesota 1
San Antonio 4, LA Lakers 0
San Antonio 4, Portland 0
San Antonio 4, New York 1
1999-2000 53 29 .646 Lost First Round Phoenix 3, San Antonio 1
2000-01 58 24 .707 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
San Antonio 3, Minnesota 1
San Antonio 4, Dallas 1
LA Lakers 4, San Antonio 0
2001-02 58 24 .707 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
San Antonio 3, Seattle 2
LA Lakers 4, San Antonio 1
2002-03 60 22 .732 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
San Antonio 4, Phoenix 2
San Antonio 4, LA Lakers 2
San Antonio 4, Dallas 2
San Antonio 4, New Jersey 2
2003-04 57 25 .695 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
San Antonio 4, Memphis 0
LA Lakers 4, San Antonio 2
2004-05 59 23 .720 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
San Antonio 4, Denver 1
San Antonio 4, Seattle 2
San Antonio 4, Phoenix 1
San Antonio 4, Detroit 3
2005-06 63 19 .768 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
San Antonio 4, Sacramento 2
Dallas 4, San Antonio 3
2006-07 58 24 .707 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
San Antonio 4, Denver 1
San Antonio 4, Phoenix 2
San Antonio 4, Utah 1
San Antonio 4, Cleveland 0
2007-08 56 26 .683 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
San Antonio 4, Phoenix 1
San Antonio 4, New Orleans 3
LA Lakers 4, San Antonio 1
2008-09 54 28 .659 Lost First Round Dallas 4, San Antonio 1
2009-10 50 32 .610 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
San Antonio 4, Dallas 2
Phoenix 4, San Antonio 0
2010-11 61 21 .744 Lost First Round Memphis 4, San Antonio 2
2011-12 50 16 .758 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
San Antonio 4, Utah 0
San Antonio 4, LA Clippers 0
Oklahoma City 4, San Antonio 2
2012-13 58 24 .707 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
San Antonio 4, LA Lakers 0
San Antonio 4, Golden State 2
San Antonio 4, Memphis 0
Miami 4, San Antonio 3
2013-14 62 20 .756 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
San Antonio 4, Dallas 3
San Antonio 4, Portland 1
San Antonio 4, Oklahoma City 2
San Antonio 4, Miami 1
2014-15 55 27 .671 Lost First Round LA Clippers 4, San Antonio 3
2015-16 67 15 .817 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
San Antonio 4, Memphis 0
Oklahoma City 4, San Antonio 2
2016-17 61 21 .744 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
San Antonio 4, Memphis 2
San Antonio 4, Houston 2
Golden State 4, San Antonio 0
2017-18 47 35 .573 Lost First Round Golden State 4, San Antonio 1
2018-19 48 34 .585 Lost First Round Denver 4, San Antonio 3
Totals 2540 1682 .602
Playoffs 240 213 .530 5 Championships

Arena history

Dallas (Texas) Chaparrals

San Antonio Spurs

Players of note

For a complete list of current and former players, see the San Antonio Spurs players category.

Basketball Hall of Famers

Retired numbers

1 On July 9, 2015, the Spurs "unretired" and reissued the number 12 to LaMarcus Aldridge with the blessing of Bruce Bowen.

On November 11, 2019, the Spurs will retire Tony Parker's No. 9 jersey.

Not to be forgotten

Current Roster

  • 12 - LaMarcus Aldridge
  • 18 - Marco Belinelli
  • 42 - Davis Bertans
  • 33 - Dante Cunningham
  • 10 - DeMar DeRozan
  • 14 - Drew Eubanks
  • 11 - Bryn Forbes
  • 16 - Pau Gasol
  • 22 - Rudy Gay
  • 7 - Chimezie Metu
  • 8 - Patty Mills
  • 26 - Ben Moore
  • 5 - Dejounte Murray
  • 25 - Jakob Poltl
  • 3 - Quincy Poindexter
  • 1 - Lonnie Walker IV
  • 4 - Derrick White

Recent Signings

Player positions

Table below indicates each player's most frequently played positions in bold and with link.
Secondary positions are in normal text and unlinked.

  • Primary: the usual starter and player likely to get the most minutes in that position.
  • Substitute: consistently comes off bench and receives regular minutes.
  • Fill-in: either plays only occasionally or fills in a non-standard role for a brief period.
Position
Primary
Substitute
Fill-in
Tony Parker Patty Mills

Dejounte Murray

Brent Barry
Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili Brent Barry
Michael Finley
Melvin Sanders
Beno Udrih
Kawhi LeonardEric Williams
Michael Finley
Brent Barry
Melvin Sanders
Fabricio Oberto
Danny GreenMatt Bonner

Robert Horry

Fabricio Oberto
Michael Finley
Pau GasolJackie Butler
Tim Duncan
Robert Horry

Fabricio Oberto

Unsigned draftees

The Spurs have been uncommonly successful among NBA teams in finding foreign talent as demonstrated by selecting Manu Ginobili (1999 NBA Draft 57th pick) and Tony Parker (2001 NBA Draft 29th pick) who have both become All Stars. The Spurs own the NBA rights to the players listed in the table below. The typical pattern is to allow the player to develop in leagues outside the USA. The player is free to negotiate contracts in other leagues and is not obligated to play in the NBA.

C20px   Robertas Javtokas 2001 NBA Draft 56th pick
C20px   Sergey Karaulov 2004 NBA Draft 58th pick
PF20px   Ian Mahinmi 2005 NBA Draft 28th pick
SF20px   Viktor Sanikidze 2004 NBA Draft 42nd pick
PFFlag of Argentina   Luis Scola 2002 NBA Draft 56th pick

See Also

  • Wheaties covers - A collection of Wheaties covers featuring the San Antonio Spurs.

External links

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