The San Antonio Spurs have had five NBA Championship teams, all of which are since 1999. Who stands tall as the best of the bunch?
The San Antonio Spurs have had a historic run since 1999. Under Gregg Popovich, five NBA Championships have been captured, with the most recent one being in 2014. Opportunities were presented in 2015 and 2016, but to no avail.
Those five teams had players like Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili running the floor. Bruce Bowen was another significant piece of the puzzle, becoming a well-known defensive face of the Spurs in the 2000’s. This gave the team an identity for most of its title wins.
With the 2017 NBA Finals approaching, let’s look back on these five title teams of the Spurs. Which one is the best?
The second NBA Championship of the 2000’s for the Spurs saw their latest defensive stalwart of a team put on the court, arguably one of the best in NBA history. They had Tim Duncan in the post, along with Bruce Bowen, Manu Ginobili and Robert Horry handling the wing spots. Despite winning it all, as Bleacher Report notes, their DRting+ rating of 105.1 in the playoffs was off by seven, actually marking a defensive decline.
Duncan, in his prime at age 28, led the way in the finals, with 20.6 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in a hefty 41 minutes per game. This was highlighted by four games of 15-plus rebounds, all of which were double-doubles; he had the latter in every game of the series. He finished with over 23 points and 12 rebounds per game for the playoffs.
Behind Duncan was Ginobili, who stepped up with his highest points average of his playoff career, putting up 20.8 per game. He stepped up as a second distributor, too, sharing with Tony Parker throughout the 2005 postseason. Parker’s scoring role increased, giving the Spurs a slightly more powerful offensive look and picking up on the limited game of most of the bench.
2005 wasn’t the best Spur title team, but they highlighted what this squad had been known for throughout the 2000’s.