It’s been a wild ride and as we approach the new year it’s time to look back at the most influential moments of the decade for the San Antonio Spurs.
Over the past ten years, the San Antonio Spurs have cemented themselves as one of the most consistent professional sports organizations. They didn’t go on dynastic runs of success like those of the Golden State Warriors or Miami Heat, but the Spurs never missed the playoffs and did capture an NBA trophy during the 2010s.
It can’t be seen in just one moment, but the San Antonio Spurs as an organization has had a tremendous impact on the NBA at large. From their style of play to emphasis on organizational synergy, the Spurs have been a model of success that many other teams try to emulate.
There are a few significant moments that need to be recognized before we get into the top five. These moments were important but not in a way that drastically impacted the team as a whole. They’re more focused on an individual than the team.
DeMar DeRozan was able to secure his first career triple-double against his former team in his first season with the Silver and Black. His 21 point, 14 rebound, 11 assist performance clearly meant a lot to the Spurs newly acquired swingman and had the added benefit of coming against his former team.
Another impactful moment was Manu Ginobili‘s game-sealing block on James Harden in the 2017 playoffs. It wouldn’t matter in the end, San Antonio would get swept in the next round by the Warriors. That said, a game-sealing block agasint an in-state rival is still a noteworthy moment.
With those honorable mentions out of the way, it’s time to get into the five most important moments of the decade for the San Antonio Spurs.