San Antonio Spurs
|San Antonio Spurs|
San Antonio Spurs
|Location||San Antonio , Texas|
|Club colors||Black silver
|Head coach||Gregg Popovich|
|General manager||RC Buford|
|owner||Peter M. Holt|
|Farm teams||Austin Spurs|
|Championships||5 ( 1999 , 2003 , 2005 , 2007 , 2014 )|
|Conference title||6 ( 1999 , 2003 , 2005 , 2007 , 2013 , 2014 )|
|Division title||22 (1978, 1979, 1981–1983, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001–2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011–2014, 2016, 2017)|
The San Antonio Spurs are a team of the Southwest Division of the North American professional basketball league NBA . The team plays its home games in San Antonio , Texas at the AT&T Center .
The San Antonio Spurs have been NBA champions five times ( 1998/99 , 2002/03 , 2004/05 , 2006/07 and 2013/14 ).
The team was in 1967 under the name Dallas Chaparrals one of the founding members of the American Basketball Association (ABA), a league competing with the NBA. After playing as Texas Chaparrals in the meantime , the team was renamed San Antonio Spurs in 1973. In 1976, the Spurs were integrated into the NBA as part of the merger of the NBA and ABA.
The George Gervin era
Even their first NBA season in 1976/77 proved that the Spurs had earned the transition to the league. They won more games than they suffered defeats (44:38), took fourth place in the Eastern Conference and moved into the play-offs . There the team lost in the first round against the Boston Celtics .
The 1977/78 season was marked by the scorer duel between George Gervin and David Thompson from the Denver Nuggets . Gervin had to score at least 58 points in the last season game against the New Orleans Jazz to be able to overtake Thompson. Gervin made 20 points in the first quarter. The Iceman surpassed this in the second quarter and was able to record 33 points. He made a total of 63 points in this game and secured the points title. In addition, he led the Spurs to the Central Division Championship with a record of 52:30. In the Conference semifinals against the Washington Bullets, however, the Spurs had to retire despite an average of 33.2 points from Gervin.
In the 1978/79 season, the Spurs moved into the Conference finals, but where they were again subject to the Bullets.
In the first seven years in the NBA, the Spurs could win five division titles, but never move into the NBA Finals. After the 1984/85 season, George Gervin was traded to the Chicago Bulls , which was a turning point in the history of the Spurs. In the four years that followed, there were never more victories than defeats. This led to the idea of moving the team to another city. The low was reached in the 1988/89 season when only 21 games could be won.
The David Robinson period
In the 1987 NBA draft, the Spurs got the first choice by drawing. They chose United States Naval Academy star David Robinson . However, he wanted to complete two more years in the Navy before he came to the NBA for the 1989/90 season. With Robinson and the newcomers Terry Cummings and Sean Elliott it came to a revival of the Spurs franchise . The team won 56 games in the season; 35 more than in the previous season. In the play-offs they were subject to the Portland Trail Blazers , the later NBA Finals participants, in the conference semifinals. Robinson had a very successful rookie season. He was voted Newbie of the Month six times in a row and won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after averaging 24.3 points and 12.0 rebounds .
Before the 1993/94 season, the Spurs got Dennis Rodman in exchange for Elliott from the Detroit Pistons . With Rodman, the Spurs won 55 games in their first season at the Alamodome. David Robinson fought a similar duel with Shaquille O'Neal of the Orlando Magic for the top scorer title like Gervin and Thompson during 1977/78. In the last game of the regular season against the Los Angeles Clippers Robinson was able to make 71 points and thus achieve first place with an average of 29.8 points per game.
The following season Sean Elliott came back to San Antonio and the Spurs finished the season with a record of 62:20. David Robinson was named the League's Most Valuable Player and the Spurs reached the Western Conference final against the Houston Rockets . Even during the regular season there were problems with the behavior of Dennis Rodman. The situation came to a head in the play-offs, which culminated in the elimination against the Rockets. After the season, Rodman was traded to the Chicago Bulls.
In the 1996/97 season, David Robinson played only six games due to injury. Sean Elliott also missed more than half of the season's games. Despite the signing of Dominique Wilkins, this led to the Spurs' worst performance since joining the NBA. They only won 20 games in total. During the season, coach Bob Hill was fired and replaced by general manager Gregg Popovich . But the poor performance had its good points. The Spurs got the first pick again in the 1997 NBA Draft . The team used it to secure the rights to Tim Duncan , who was able to make 21.1 points and 11.9 rebounds in his rookie season and, like Robinson, was voted rookie of the year and six times rookie of the month in his first season has been. The Spurs won 56 games with Duncan and the recovered Robinson; 36 wins more than in the previous season. In doing so, they broke their own record for the best balance sheet improvement compared to last year.
The Tim Duncan era and the championships
In the 1998/99 season , the regular season was reduced to 50 games due to a lockout . Spurs won 37 of them. In the play-offs, Spurs were able to advance into the NBA finals with an 11: 1 record for the first time in the club's history and as the first former ABA team ever . There they defeated the New York Knicks in five games and Tim Duncan was named Finals MVP . The decisive throw in game five hit Avery Johnson .
In the next few years, the Twin Towers Robinson and Duncan dominated the NBA. However, it was not enough for the championship in the next three years because the Los Angeles Lakers stood in their way. The team was rebuilt around the two giants. Players like the French Tony Parker , the Argentine Manu Ginóbili , the defensive specialist Bruce Bowen and role players like Steve Smith , Steve Kerr or Stephen Jackson were brought in .
Prior to the 2002–03 season , David Robinson announced that this would be his final season in the NBA. The Spurs played their first season in the newly built SBC Center , finished the year with 60:22 wins and defeated the New Jersey Nets 4-2 in the NBA Finals . Tim Duncan was named Finals MVP and Most Valuable Player of the Season for the second year running .
After David Robinson retired, the way Spurs played changed a bit. Although the team from San Antonio was still very defensive-oriented, with Parker and Ginóbili more speed came into the game.
In the 2004/05 season , the Spurs were able to win the third NBA championship in the club's history after they had failed in the previous year at the L. A. Lakers. Role players like Robert Horry , Brent Barry and Nazr Mohammed joined the team . In the 2005 finals series, they beat last year's champions Detroit Pistons in seven hard-fought games, and Tim Duncan was again elected Finals MVP . After Magic Johnson , Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal, he was the fourth player in NBA history to receive this award three times.
Prior to the 2005-06 season , Michael Finley came to San Antonio as a free agent . With him and the three all-stars Duncan, Ginóbili and Parker, the Spurs club record of 63 victories could be set. However, the Spurs had to admit defeat to the Dallas Mavericks in the Conference semifinals .
In the 2006/07 season , the team won the NBA title for the fourth time. In the finals , the team defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in just four games. Tony Parker was named Finals MVP .
The years that followed, the Spurs title contenders did not get beyond the Conference finals. In the 2011 playoffs they even went as the best team in the Western Conference and surprisingly lost the first round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies . During the 2011 NBA draft , they strengthened themselves with Kawhi Leonard , who was obtained from the Indiana Pacers via an exchange deal for George Hill .
In the 2012/13 season, despite all previous successes, a season started 4-0 for the first time in the club's history. The Spurs finished the season behind the Oklahoma City Thunder from second. In the playoffs you reached the NBA final for the fifth time after victories against the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies, where you lost to the Miami Heat in seven games. For the Spurs it was the first ever lost final series.
In the 2013/14 season , the Spurs reached the NBA final for the sixth time, where they met the Miami Heat as in the previous season . They won the final series 4-1 and thus their fifth NBA championship. Coach Popovic won his third Coach of the Year award after 2003 and 2012.
In the 2014/15 season they reached the playoffs again and were eliminated against the Los Angeles Clippers after 7 games. Kawhi Leonard became the third player in Spurs history to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award after Alvin Robertson and David Robinson .
At the beginning of the 2015/16 season , All-Star Forward LaMarcus Aldridge was signed by the Portland Trail Blazers . Duncan and Ginóbili decided to continue their careers. In return, Tiago Splitter and Cory Joseph had to leave the team.
The coach-player duo Popovich-Duncan achieved their 1000th joint victory this season. This is unique in NBA history. With 40 wins and only one defeat at the AT&T Center at home, the Spurs set the Celtics record from 1985/86. Across the seasons they remained unbeaten 48 home games. The Warriors hold the record with 54 home wins. For the 21st time in a row, the opponent was kept below 100 points per game and thus expanded the league record. In the Popovich era, the fewest points were allowed for the sixth time. That is now the only record among coaches (5 times each: Red Holzman and Mike Fratello ). The Spurs also set an internal club record with 67 wins. In the Western Conference they finished only second behind the Golden State Warriors .
Leonard became the new leader of the Spurs and received his first All-Star nomination. In addition, he was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in a row and took second place in the MVP election . In the playoffs, the Spurs failed, despite home advantage, in the conference semifinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The post-Duncan era
Tim Duncan ended his career in July 2016. He played his entire 19-year NBA career with the Spurs. Tony Parker succeeded him as captain of the team. As a successor for Duncan, the multiple all-star, the Spaniard Pau Gasol was committed. The Spurs finished second in the Western Conference at the end of the season. In the playoffs you won the series against the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets . In the conference final, the Golden State Warriors lost 4-0 without a win. The following season 2017/18 was missing star player Leonard for almost the entire season. However, the Spurs could reach the playoffs with the all-star Aldridge, new signing Rudy Gay or the young players Kyle Anderson and Dejounte Murray . In the playoffs, however, they lost to the Golden State Warriors with 1: 4 in the first playoff round.
At the end of the season, the injured franchise player Kawhi Leonard announced that he no longer wanted to play for the Spurs and was aiming for a signature with the Los Angeles Lakers after the end of his contract in 2019. On July 18, 2018, however, Kawhi Leonard was not sent to Los Angeles against all expectations, but to Canada to the Toronto Raptors . In addition to Leonard, the deal also included role-player Danny Green on the Spurs side , while the Raptors sent their franchise player and four-time all-star DeMar DeRozan and center Jakob Pöltl to Texas.
The Spurs are known not only as trainers of players but also of managers and coaches. Examples of head coaches are Mike Budenholzer (currently Milwaukee Bucks ), Mike Brown (most recently Cleveland Cavaliers ), Jacque Vaughn (most recently Orlando Magic ), PJ Carlesimo (most recently Brooklyn Nets ). You all previously worked as an assistant coach under Popovich. Quin Snyder coach of the Utah Jazz worked for the Spurs for many years as the coach of the Spurs farm team Austin Toros in the G-League . Avery Johnson (most recently Brooklyn Nets), Monty Williams (most recently New Orleans Pelicans ) and Vinny Del Negro (most recently Los Angeles Clippers ) made the leap to head coach of an NBA team as former Spurs players. Some current and former general managers worked at Spurs before: Danny Ferry (most recently Atlanta Hawks), Sean Marks (currently Brooklyn Nets), Dell Demps (currently New Orleans Pelicans), Kevin Pritchard (currently Indiana Pacers ), Dennis Lindsey (currently Utah Jazz) and Sam Presti (currently Oklahoma City Thunder ). The latter is particularly noteworthy, as Presti, as manager of the Thunder, put together a team that was considered the team of the future by drafting Kevin Durant (2007), Russell Westbrook , Serge Ibaka (both 2008) and James Harden (2009).
The Spurs' style of play changed from 1999 to 2018. In the early 2000s, they played a very slow basketball with hard defense and little ball and player movement. One reason for this was that they owned the so-called "Twin Towers" with Tim Duncan and David Robinson , which, however, implied a slower playing style. With the end of Robinson's career and the simultaneous addition of Tony Parker and Manu Ginóbili , later also Kawhi Leonard , who are all excellent attackers of the basket from outside, the game was designed more and more for fast passes and fast player movement, with the ball no longer as often was brought inside to the big players in the low post. This is how the term “The Beautiful Game” developed. Coach Popovich is still an advocate of the game with two "real" Big Men who often get the ball in the low post. In contrast to that, nowadays you like to play with four outside players and one inside player.
In order to realize this game philosophy, Popovich and the General Manager RC Buford are looking for intelligent, flexible and characterful players who, however, do not attract too much attention from other teams, because the Spurs are almost always only allowed to select their player late in the draft, as they are due to Due to their high win rate, they only have a few balls in the "draft lottery". The Spurs experts are exactly these players. Well-known examples are: Tony Parker (2001, 28th pick), Manu Ginóbili (1999, 57th pick), Goran Dragic (2008, 45th pick), Dejounte Murray (2016, 29th pick).
Often the Spurs find these players abroad. San Antonio is known for always having very international teams.
Honors and achievements worth mentioning
|00||Johnny Moore||Guard||1980-1988, 1989/90|
|6th||Avery Johnson||Guard||1991, 1992/93, 1994-2000|
|32||Sean Elliott||Forward||1989-1993, 1994-2001|
|Nat.||Surname||position||time||Year of admission|
|Willie Anderson||Career ended|
|Terry Cummings||Career ended|
|Vinny Del Negro||Career ended|
|Danny Ferry||Career ended|
|Michael Finley||Career ended|
|Steve Kerr||Career ended|
|Chuck person||Career ended|
|Alvin Robertson||Career ended|
|Malik Rose||Career ended|
|Steve Smith||Career ended|
|Kevin Willis||Career ended|
|Tim Duncan||Career ended|
|Manu Ginobili||Career ended|
|Type of service||Player (Regular Season)||Record value||Players (play-offs)||Record value|
|Points||Tim Duncan||25,974||Tim Duncan||4,964|
|Rebounds||Tim Duncan||14,644||Tim Duncan||2.714|
|Assists||Tony Parker||5,970||Tony Parker||1,030|
|Steals||David Robinson||1,388||Manu Ginobili||257|
|blocks||David Robinson||2,954||Tim Duncan||542|
|Three point throws||Manu Ginobili||1,272||Manu Ginobili||288|
|Games||Tim Duncan||1,331||Tim Duncan||232|
|State Fair Coliseum in Dallas , 7513 seats
Moody Coliseum University Park in Dallas, 8998 seats
|1967-1973||as Dallas / Texas Chaparrals|
|Tarrant County Coliseum in Fort Worth , 11,200 seats
Lubbock Municipal Coliseum in Lubbock , 7050 seats
|1970/71||as Dallas / Texas Chaparrals|
|HemisFair Arena in San Antonio, over 16,000 seats||1973-1993||as San Antonio Spurs|
|Alamodome in San Antonio, 36,500 seats||1993-2002||as San Antonio Spurs|
|AT&T Center (previously SBC Center) in San Antonio, 18,797 seats||2002 – today||as San Antonio Spurs|
|year||Victories: defeats||Wins [%]||Play-offs|
|1967/68||46:32||59.0||1: 4 in the Western Division Finals against the New Orleans Buccaneers|
|1968/69||41:37||52.6||3-4 in the Western Division semi-finals against the New Orleans Buccaneers|
|1969/70||45:39||53.6||2-4 in the Western Division semi-finals against the Los Angeles Stars|
|1970/71||30:54||35.7||0-4 in the Western Division semifinals against the Utah Stars|
|1971/72||42:42||50.0||0-4 in the Western Division semifinals against the Utah Stars|
|1972/73||28:56||33.3||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|San Antonio Spurs|
|1973/74||45:39||53.6||3: 4 in the Western Division semifinals against the Indiana Pacers|
|1974/75||51:33||60.7||2-4 in the Western Division semifinals against the Indiana Pacers|
|1975/76||50:34||59.5||3: 4 in the semifinals against the New York Nets|
|total||378: 366||50.8||17:32 in the playoffs (34.7%)|
- ↑ 0: 1 in the Western Division pre-playoff tie-break against the Denver Rockets is not included in the playoff balance.
|year||Victories: defeats||Wins [%]||Play-offs|
|1976/77||44:38||53.7||0-2 in the first round against the Boston Celtics|
|1977/78||52:30||63.4||2-4 in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Washington Bullets|
|1978/79||48:34||58.5||3-4 in the Eastern Conference Finals Washington Bullets|
|1979/80||41:41||50.0||1: 2 in the first round against the Houston Rockets|
|1980/81||52:30||63.4||3: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets|
|1981/82||48:34||58.5||0: 4 in the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers|
|1982/83||53:29||64.6||2: 4 in the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers|
|1983/84||37:45||45.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1984/85||41:41||50.0||2-3 in the first round against the Denver Nuggets|
|1985/86||35:47||42.7||0: 3 in the first round against the Los Angeles Lakers|
|1986/87||28:54||34.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1987/88||31:51||37.8||0: 3 in the first round against the Los Angeles Lakers|
|1988/89||21:61||25.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1989/90||56:26||68.3||3-4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Portland Trail Blazers|
|1990/91||55:27||67.1||1: 3 in the first round against the Golden State Warriors|
|1991/92||47:35||57.3||0: 3 in the first round against the Phoenix Suns|
|1992/93||49:33||59.8||2-4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Phoenix Suns|
|1993/94||55:27||67.1||1: 3 in the first round against the Utah Jazz|
|1994/95||62:20||75.6||2-4 in the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets|
|1995/96||59:23||72.0||2: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Utah Jazz|
|1996/97||20:62||24.4||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1997/98||56:26||68.3||1: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Utah Jazz|
|1998/99||37:13||74.0||NBA champions 4-1 against the New York Knicks|
|1999/00||53:29||64.6||1: 3 in the first round against the Phoenix Suns|
|2000/01||58:24||70.7||0: 4 in the Western Conference finals Los Angeles Lakers|
|2001/02||58:24||70.7||1: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers|
|2002/03||60:22||73.2||NBA champions 4-2 against the New Jersey Nets|
|2003/04||57:25||69.5||2-4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers|
|2004/05||59:23||72.0||NBA champions 4-3 against the Detroit Pistons|
|2005/06||63:19||76.8||3-4 in the Western Conference semi-finals against the Dallas Mavericks|
|2006/07||58:24||70.7||NBA champions 4-0 against the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2007/08||56:26||68.3||1: 4 in the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers|
|2008/09||54:28||65.9||1: 4 in the first round against the Dallas Mavericks|
|2009/10||50:32||61.0||0: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Phoenix Suns|
|2010/11||61:21||74.4||2-4 in the first round against the Memphis Grizzlies|
|2011/12||50:16||75.8||2-4 in the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2012/13||58:24||70.7||3: 4 in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat|
|2013/14||62:20||75.6||NBA champions 4-1 against the Miami Heat|
|2014/15||55:27||67.1||3: 4 in the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers|
|2015/16||67:15||81.7||2-4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2016/17||61:21||74.4||0: 4 in the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors|
|2017/18||47:35||57.3||1: 4 in the first round against the Golden State Warriors|
|2018/19||48:34||58.5||3-4 in the first round against the Denver Nuggets|
|2019/20||32:39||45.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|total||2194: 1355||61.8||222: 181 in the playoffs (55.1%) - 5 NBA championships|
|league||Victories: defeats||Won [%]||Playoffs|
|ABA||378: 366||50.8||17:32 in the playoffs (34.7%)|
|NBA||2194: 1355||61.8||222: 181 in the play-offs (55.1%) - 5 NBA championships|
|total||2572: 1721||59.9||239: 213 in the playoffs (52.8%) - 5 NBA championships|
- Terry Scott Bertling, Jamie Stockwell (Eds.): Spurs Nation: Major Moments in San Antonio Basketball. Trinity University Press, San Antonio 2016, ISBN 978-1-59534-795-4 .
- ^ Birth of a Franchise , NBA.com/Spurs
- ↑ NBA Draft 1987 ( Memento of the original from October 17, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , basketballreference.com
- ↑ San Antonio (112) @ LA Clippers (97) 04/24/94 ( Memento of the original from February 14, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , basketballreference.com
- ↑ 1997 NBA Draft ( Memento of the original from March 22, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , basketballreference.com
- ^ "Little General" Marches Spurs to First Title , NBA.com
- ^ NBA Finals 2003 , NBA.com
- ↑ Spurs Dethrone Pistons To Take Third NBA Title , NBA.com, June 23, 2005
- ↑ NBA.com/Spurs : Finley Makes It Official , September 2, 2005
- ^ Parker, Spurs Close Out Cavs for Fourth Title , NBA.com, June 15, 2007
- Jump up ↑ San Antonio Secures Fifth NBA Championship , Spiegel , accessed June 16, 2014
- ^ Warriors' Curry wins second straight Kia MVP award , nba.com
- ↑ Tim Duncan Announces Retirement , nba.com of July 11, 2016 (English)
- ↑ Kawhi Leonard traded to Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 1st-round pick . In: SBNation.com . ( sbnation.com [accessed July 30, 2018]).
- ^ Nate Taylor: A San Antonio Graduate Program That Churns Out NBA Coaches . In: The New York Times . June 16, 2013, ISSN 0362-4331 ( nytimes.com [accessed March 11, 2018]).
- ↑ Sam Presti NBA & ABA Basketball Executive Record | Basketball-Reference.com. Accessed March 11, 2018 (English).
- ↑ BBALLBREAKDOWN: The Evolution of the Spurs Offense: 1999-2014. August 7, 2015, accessed March 11, 2018 .
- ↑ NBA Spotlight: The 2014 San Antonio Spurs and The Beautiful Game | HoopGrind basketball. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on March 12, 2018 ; Retrieved March 11, 2018 (American English). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- ↑ Spurs to Retire Bruce Bowen's No. 12 Jersey on March 21 , NBA.com, January 23, 2012
- ↑ Details Announced for Manu Ginobili Jersey Retirement Night Presented by HEB. Accessed March 29, 2019 .
- ↑ Spurs to Retire Duncan's No. 21 Jersey after Dec. 18 Game , therivardreport.com from November 16, 2016
- ↑ Ginobili Wins 2007-2008 Sixth Man of the Year Award Presented by Kia Motors , NBA.com, April 21, 2008