San Antonio Spurs are an American Basketball team competing in the Western Conference Southwest Division of the NBA. Spurs play their home games at the AT&T Center. Spurs boast the highest winning percentage (62.2%) for any franchise in NBA History.
The franchise from San Antonio has won 5 NBA Championships, with the most recent one in 2014. Spurs are the fifth most successful NBA franchise behind Celtics, Lakers, Bulls and Warriors. In 1996, Gregg Popovich was appointed the head coach of the Spurs and he's still the head coach making him the longest serving coach with one team. Spurs' rivalry with Dallas Mavericks is well documented and both the teams have their roots in Dallas. Some of the prominent players to have played for Spurs include David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard etc
Spurs in recent years
The San Antonio Spurs were one of the contenders heading into the 2013-14 season. Spurs had the best record in the NBA with 62 wins which included a franchise record of 19 straight wins. The Spurs matched up with the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Kawhi Leonard has a breakthrough season and continued to showcase his talent against LeBron James and co. The Spurs beat Miami 4-1 as Kawhi bagged the Finals MVP for an outstanding series.
Becky Hammon joined as an assistant coach to the Spurs setup.
The defending champions followed up the title winning campaign with another strong showing as they held a 55-27 record and was seeded sixth in the playoffs race. Spurs crumbled against the LA Clippers after leading 3-2 in the first round of the playoffs.
The 2015-16 season was pretty much the same after the acquisition of LaMarcus Aldridge and David West. They had the best defense in the league that season as they made the playoffs once again. After having swept Memphis Grizzlies, the Spurs would eventually lose to the OKC Thunder. Tim Duncan announced his retirement following this loss.
With Kawhi now leading the team as the superstar, the Spurs remained a title contender and continued to make the playoffs. However, an injury to Kawhi and disputes regarding the fitness of Leonard threatened to wreak havoc in the roster. Spurs eventually let Kawhi leave to Toronto Raptors in a trade which saw them receive DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poetl and an protected 2019 first round pick.
San Antonio Spurs Record - Last 10 Seasons
|Season||Division Finish||Conference Finish||Record||Playoffs|
|2018-19||2nd||7th||48-34||Lost First Round|
|2017-18||3rd||7th||47-35||Lost First Round|
|2016-17||1st||2nd||61-21||Lost Conf Finals|
|2015-16||1st||2nd||67-15||Lost Conf Semifinals|
|2014-15||3rd||6th||55-27||Lost First Round|
|2013-14||1st||1st||62-20||Won NBA Finals|
|2012-13||1st||2nd||58-24||Lost NBA Finals|
|2011-12||1st||1st||50-16||Lost Conf Finals|
|2010-11||1st||1st||61-21||Lost First Round|
|2009-10||2nd||7th||50-32||Lost Conf Semifinals|