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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. The Spurs have the 11th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and will be looking to get back to the playoff stage that they got extremely used to over recent history.
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One of the greatest coaches to ever grace the game, Gregg Popovich has won it all during his 24 year tenure at the Spurs, making him not only the longest serving active coach in the NBA but across all major sporting leagues across the USA.
A highly decorated career which includes 5 championships, 3 coach of the year awards, 1891 games played and win at a rate of .675, Popovich has achieved it all.
The 2019/20 season was a disappointing one all around for Spurs, registering their worst season finish and failing to make playoffs for the first time since Popovich was appointed in 1996.
Demar DeRozan was one of the few players consistently performing throughout last season, averaging 22.1 points per game and shooting at a career high percentage of 53.1%, the Spurs small forward was very important offensively.
At 31 years old, DeRozan can still perform at the top, however, he does little to solve the problems that plague the team. Playing a very similar game to Lamarcus Aldridge, preferring to shoot from midrange and rarely from the 3 point line.
Offensively, the Spurs are solid, if not a little predictable, however, their main problems come from the sides lack of defense and DeRozan does little to solve this problem.
The Spurs faithful center Lamarcus Aldridge has amassed a number of accolades over his long career in the NBA. At 35 years old now, Aldridge is still incredibly talented, providing 7.4 rebounds per game over 2019/20 on top of a career high 1.6 blocks on average.
While not the player he once was, he remains one of the best players on this Spurs side and will remain a mainstay in the side during the next season. The Spurs need to focus on fixing the defensive problems they faced in the previous campaign, conceding upwards of 130 points multiple times.
Aldridge is a legend of the game, known for his defensive prowess, which should be influencing the young players surrounding him. Heading into this season, the Spurs have a mountain to climb, with their ageing players on their way out, they will have to be thinking about a rebuild.
The Spurs may be in a different stage of their franchise’s history following their first playoff miss in over 20 years, and sportsbooks reflected that with their 2020-21 NBA Championship odds opening at +25000. Given they still have Pop and two former All Stars in DeRozan and Aldridge, their odds were brought in to +15000 just before the draft.
The San Antonio Spurs had the sixth worst record in the league against the spread, at 30-40-1. They were dismal at home against the spread with a 12-22 record, compared to 18-18-1 on the road.
Typically known for a disciplined defence, the Spurs surprised bettors by having a 42-28-1 record for total points betting, fourth best in the league. The Spurs were 19-14-1 at home and had even more games go over on the road with a 23-14 record.
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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 32-39 win-loss record for the 2019-20 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 2019-20 season after finishing 11th in the West with a 32-39 record. Missing the playoffs this season stopped their NBA record for consecutive playoff appearances at 22 seasons.
Will the San Antonio Spurs get the 1st pick in the NBA Draft?
The San Antonio Spurs received the 11th pick in the 2020 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 2019-20 NBA season in 11th in the Western Conference.
How many games did the San Antonio Spurs win?
The San Antonio Spurs won 32 games during the 2019-20 NBA season.
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