The best seasons in San Antonio Spurs franchise history
By Michael Rehome
The San Antonio Spurs have had many successful seasons in their franchise history. We take a look at five including the 2015-16 season.
They have had many great players in their history as well, such as George Gervin, David Robinson, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili. Don’t worry, I have not forgot about Kawhi Leonard,
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LaMarcus Aldridge, Patty Mills and Danny Green.
The 2015-16 Spurs team did make history, more on that later.
Lets take a look back at some of the best seasons in Spurs’ history.
1994-95 San Antonio Spurs
The 1994-95 San Antonio Spurs team went 62-20 under Bob Hill. The 62 wins marked the second most in franchise history. David Robinson led the Spurs that season, as he averaged 27.6 points and 10.8 rebounds. Robinson won the MVP award as well.
Avery Johnson and Sean Elliott were also big contributors for a Spurs team that lost in the conference finals to the Houston Rockets in a tough six game series. While this was the only team on the list that didn’t win a title, it marked the most successful season in franchise history that Gregg Popovich wasn’t the coach for.
1998-99 San Antonio Spurs
Apr 24, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and guard Tony Parker (9) during the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies in game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at FedExForum. San Antonio Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 116 – 95. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
It was a shortened season and only Gregg Popovich’s second full season leading the Spurs, but that didn’t stop them from winning their first title in franchise history. The Spurs went 37-13 (.750) in the season, being led by Duncan and Robinson.
Duncan averaged 21.7 points and 11.4 rebounds in the season. He also won Finals MVP as the Spurs beat the Knicks convincingly in five games. The Spurs dominated in the playoffs winning 15 of 17 games against Minnesota, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland, and New York.
2002-03 San Antonio Spurs
This season was very important in Spurs history as they won the first title with the big three (Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili) and it was Robinson’s last season. Duncan was dominant that year winning Finals MVP and the regular season MVP.
The Spurs went 60-22 and won every playoffs series in six games. Coach Popovich won his first coach of the year award.
2013-14 San Antonio Spurs
After being one rebound away in Game 6 of the NBA Finals from winning the NBA title, the year before, the Spurs took on the same Miami Heat in the finals in 2014 and destroyed them in five games.
Jun 16, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts after scoring against the Miami Heat during the fourth quarter of game five in the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT
The Spurs, just like a year before were seen as a top team that would eventually fall off as their core (Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili) were aging, but that wasn’t the case.
The trio turned back the clock, with the help of rising star Kawhi Leonard and took what was theirs. Having the best scoring bench in the league didn’t hurt either.
2015-16 San Antonio Spurs
This was an incredibly impressive season for the Spurs, who finished with a franchise best 67-15 record. They tied the 85’-86’ Celtics for the best home record in league history at 40-1, with the lone loss coming against the historically good Golden State Warriors (who notched an NBA record 73 wins).
With a defensive rating of 96.6, they held opponents to the same scoring output per 100 possessions as the bad Philadelphia 76ers. It was an amazing and historic regular season, but it didn’t really mean anything either.
All of the work done during the 82 game season did not mean anything close to what the major goal was, winning an NBA championship. San Antonio did make t to their 19 consecutive post-season play but their goal of a title fell short.
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We are now heading into the era without Duncan and the Spurs roster is primed for another run into the playoffs. With moves made during the offseason drafting Dejounte Murray in the first round and free agent signings of Pau Gasol, David Lee, Davis Bertans, Livio Jean-Charles just to name a few, San Antonio will come back with more spunk than ever before.
It is now time to start another era in Spurs basketball.