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|Colours:||Black & silver|
|Hall of Famers:||Cliff Hagan, George Gervin, Moses Malone, Dominique Wilkins, David Robinson, Artis Gilmore, Dennis Rodman, Louie Dampier, Tracy McGrady & Maurice Cheeks|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Larry Brown & Jerry Tarkanian|
|Rivals:||Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers & Phoenix Suns|
|Legends:||George Gervin, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Avery Johnson, Bruce Bowen, James Silas, Sean Elliot & John Moore|
|Retired Numbers:||00, 6, 9, 12, 13, 20, 21, 32, 44 & 50|
|NBA Championships||5: 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 & 2014|
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The San Antonio Spurs started as the Dallas Chaparrals in the inaugural season of the American Basketball Association in 1967. Despite making the playoffs for their first five seasons, attendance and fan loyalty was low. This resulted in the team being named the Texas Chaparrals for one season in an attempt to unite fans, but this plan failed with the team going back to Dallas for two seasons.
In 1973, after a 28-56 season and missing the playoffs for the first time, the team moved to San Antonio under new ownership and was named the Spurs. The team was a big hit with fans and traded for Swen Nater, who won 1974 Rookie of the Year and future Hall of Famer, George ‘The Iceman’ Gervin.
The Spurs made the playoffs for their first three years in San Antonio but were unable to make it out of their first round match up. Due to their success and making the playoffs in eight out of their first nine seasons, when the ABA was absorbed by the NBA in 1976, the Spurs were one of the four ABA teams who survived the merger.
San Antonio had success immediately in the NBA, making the playoffs in their first year despite harsh rules that the league placed on the four new sides. This success continued into 1977-78 with the Spurs going on to win their first division title. Entering the last day of the season, Gervin was battling David Thompson of the Denver Nuggets for the scoring title.
Thompson scored 73 points to take the lead in the race, with Gervin to play later in the day, needing 58 points to reclaim top spot. Gervin scored 20 points in the first quarter before scoring 33 points in the second quarter, an NBA record at the time. Gervin would end up scoring 63 and winning the NBA scoring title.
Despite making the playoffs in their first seven years in the NBA and winning five divisional titles, the Spurs were never able to translate it to postseason success, only making the Conference Finals three times and unable to take the next step to the Finals.
The Spurs would miss the playoffs for the first time in 11 years in 1984 and a year later Gervin was traded, marking the end of a successful era for the team. The most wins that San Antonio would have for the next four seasons was only 35, but with the first pick in the 1987 draft selected David Robinson who would join the team in 1989 after serving in the Navy.
Robinson would have immediate impact, winning 1990 Rookie of the Year and leading the Spurs to 56 wins and a division title. Robinson, along with Sean Elliot, would lead the Spurs to seven straight playoff appearances with their best year in 1995 where Robinson won league MVP and San Antonio returned to the Conference Finals for the first time since 1983, losing to long time Texas rivals, the Houston Rockets.
The 1997 season would see San Antonio have their worst season on record, resulting in them getting the first pick in the draft and selecting Tim Duncan out of Wake Forest. Duncan would go on to win Rookie of the Year and be named to First Team All-NBA, while forming the ‘twin towers’ with Robinson.
The Twin Towers led the Spurs to the best record in the West in 1999 and would go on to make the Finals for the first time in franchise history. San Antonio would only lose two games for the entire playoffs, capping it off with a 4-1 victory over the New York Knicks and in just his second season, Duncan won Finals MVP.
Duncan continued to pick up accolades, winning the 2000 All Star Game MVP and 2002 league MVP, while the Spurs continued to make the playoffs. Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Steve Kerr and Stephen Jackson would join the team over a couple of years leading up to the 2002-03 season, which Robinson announced would be his last.
Duncan would go on to win MVP again with Gregg Popovich winning his first Coach of the Year, while leading the Spurs to 60 wins and the best record in the West. San Antonio made a big statement, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the playoffs, who had just won three titles in a row. The Spurs went on to send Robinson in style, winning their second NBA Championship with Duncan winning Finals MVP again.
With most of the team leaving through free agency or retirement after their 2003 Championship, the Spurs were left with the big three of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili and after a ‘down year’ where they only made the second round of the playoffs, the Spurs would once again fight for the title in 2005.
With a supporting cast of Robert Horry, Bruce Bowen and Brent Barry, San Antonio would finish second in the West behind the Phoenix Suns, but were able to overcome them, 4-1, in the Western Conference Finals.
Facing the defending champion Detroit Pistons in the Finals, the series was split 2-2 and down by two late in game five, Big Shot Bob, Robert Horry, hit a three with only seconds remaining to give the Spurs a 3-2 lead, and they would go on to win the series 4-3, with Duncan becoming just the fourth player in league history to win three Finals MVPs.
After a 2006 second round exit, the Spurs would be back on the biggest stage, facing an up-and-coming LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals. The Spurs would go on to sweep the Cavs, winning their fourth title and Tony Parker winning his first Finals MVP.
Ginobili would win Sixth Man of the Year in 2008 and the Spurs would remain competitive in the tough Western Conference, but wouldn’t make it back to the Finals until 2013 where they would encounter the Heat for the first time.
The Spurs were up 3-2 and up by three in the dying seconds before one of the most remarkable shots in NBA history. Ray Allen hit a corner three to tie the game and the Spurs were unable to recover, losing game six and then game seven as well.
The Spurs returned to the Finals to face the Heat again in 2014 and were hungry for revenge. The 2011 draftee, Kawhi Leonard, had grown into his role as the focal point of the team and took the tough defensive matchup of LeBron James in the series.
After losing the first game, San Antonio went on to win the next four matchups by 15 or more points and would win their fifth NBA Championship. Leonard won his first Finals MVP for his superb effort on both ends of the floor.
Kawhi Leonard won Defensive Player of the Year in the next two seasons, but the Spurs were unable to make the Conference Finals during that time and Duncan announced his retirement in 2016.
With LaMarcus Aldridge there to take over from Duncan, the Spurs remained competitive but injuries to Parker and Leonard undid all of their hard work, getting swept by the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 Conference Finals.
Leonard’s injury was more serious than first thought, with tension growing between the Spurs and Leonard and his camp about how the injury was being handled. Without Leonard and Duncan, the Spurs only managed 47 wins, their first time under 50 wins since 1999, and were eliminated in the first round.
After continuous tension, Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors, with Demar Derozan returning in the trade and Parker left in free agency after 18 seasons with the team. Led by Derozan and Aldridge, the Spurs would continue to compete finishing with 48 wins and making the playoffs for the 22nd straight year, but were undone by the Nuggets in the first round.
The COVID-19 interrupted season saw the Spurs’ playoff streak come to an end, with the team ending up 11th in the Western Conference and questions asked about the old school playing styles of both Derozan and Aldridge.
Aldridge was eventually bought out, halfway through the season, and the Spurs were stuck in mediocrity. Keldon Johnson, the 29th pick in the 2019 draft, had some break out moments while Dejounte Murray continued to impress. Unfortunately, the Spurs finished 10th in the West and were eliminated in the first Play-In Game by the Grizzlies, heading into the offseason with DeRozan a free agent.
If you are a fan of the San Antonio Spurs, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2021 / 2022 season. Do the San Antonio Spurs have the star power to make it all the way to The NBA Finals in 2022?
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After making the playoffs for 20 straight seasons, the Spurs have missed out the last two years and may be heading for a rebuild soon. Because of such their 2022 NBA Championship odds sit at just +25000, the second worst odds in the league.
Despite their poor overall record, the Spurs actually fared well against the spread. Their 38-32-2 record was ninth best in the league with their 23-12-1 road ATS record being the best in the league from the 2020-21 season.
When looking at how San Antonio went in total points markets, they finished with a modest 37-35 record, being 18-18 at home and 19-17 on the road.
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Where do the San Antonio Spurs play?
The San Antonio Spurs play their home games at the AT&T Center.
Who owns the San Antonio Spurs?
Spurs Sports & Entertainment is the ownership group of the San Antonio Spurs. Julianna Holt is the chairman and CEO of the company, after taking over from her husband, Peter, in 2016.
Have the San Antonio Spurs won an NBA Championship?
The San Antonio Spurs have won five NBA Championships, being in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 & 2014.
Who is the San Antonio Spurs coach?
The San Antonio Spurs currently head coach is Gregg Popovich. Popovich was general manager of the team and after the team started poorly in the 1996-97 season, hired himself as head coach.
Do the San Antonio Spurs play tonight?
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What is the San Antonio Spurs record?
The San Antonio Spurs had a 33-39 win-loss record for the 2020-21 NBA season.
Did the San Antonio Spurs win last night?
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How much are the San Antonio Spurs worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the San Antonio Spurs are worth $1.8 billion.
Who do the San Antonio Spurs play tonight?
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How to watch the San Antonio Spurs?
You can watch the San Antonio Spurs on TV channels like ESPN, ABC, TNT, NBA TV or Fox Sports Southwest, or subscribe to NBA League Pass.
Will the San Antonio Spurs make the playoffs this year?
The San Antonio Spurs did not make the playoffs in the 2020-21 season after finishing 10th in the West with a 33-39 record. The Spurs qualified for the Play-In Tournament but were eliminated by the Grizzlies in the first elimination game.
Will the San Antonio Spurs get the 1st pick in the NBA Draft?
The San Antonio Spurs received the 12th pick in the 2021 NBA draft.
When do the San Antonio Spurs play?
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Where did the San Antonio Spurs finish the season?
The San Antonio Spurs finished the 2020-21 NBA season in 10th place in the Western Conference.
How many games did the San Antonio Spurs win?
The San Antonio Spurs won 33 games during the 2020-21 NBA season.
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