San Antonio Spurs Details
The Spurs are a former ABA team, beginning as the Dallas Chaparrals. The Chaparrals moved to San Antonio in 1973 and became the Spurs. The Spurs played in the ABA until the league folded after the 1976 season but never won an ABA title.
Since joining the NBA, the Spurs have been one of the league’s most successful teams. They have missed the playoffs only once since 1990. Tim Duncan, who will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer once he’s eligible, played his entire career in San Antonio and never missed the playoffs. The Spurs also have the best all-time win percentage among the NBA’s active teams.
The Spurs have won five NBA championships. Their first came in 1999, two years after drafting Tim Duncan with the first overall pick. Duncan would join another former first overall pick and future Hall of Famer David Robinson. Duncan and Robinson were a powerful duo for San Antonio, and the Spurs defeated the Knicks in five games. Tim Duncan was the MVP of the finals. Duncan and Robinson would win another NBA Championship together in 2003. The 2003 season was the Spurs’ first in their new arena—the AT&T Center—and was David Robinson’s last season in the NBA. Duncan won Finals MVP for a second time and was also the MVP for the regular season.
After three more championships with the Spurs, Tim Duncan retired before the 2016-17 season. Even without one of the NBA’s all-time-greats, the Spurs still finished at the top of the Southwest Division and in the 2nd seed in the Western Conference. The post-Duncan Spurs are led by Kawhi Leonard. Leonard is a first-team defensive player, the 2014 Finals MVP, and a 2017 all-star. He set a career high in points last season. The 26-year-old Leonard will be joined by veterans Pau Gasol, Rudy Gay, and LaMarcus Aldridge. Legendary coach Gregg Popovich will return for a 22nd season.