San Antonio Spurs History

Building an All-Time starting five of the Spurs' rivals

Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
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Shooting Guard - Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

The Kobe Lakers and Duncan Spurs had mutual respect for each other throughout his career. From 1999-2010, it would be hard to argue that there was any other team in the “best franchise” conversation.

After Micheal Jordan retired for the second time in 1998, the Spurs and Lakers would go on to appear in 11 of the next 12 Finals, winning ten of them. The Spurs and Lakers went back and forth for over a decade and presented us with one of the best, most skilled rivalries in modern sports. 

The Lakers would have won ten titles in a row if not for the Spurs. And if not for the Lakers, the Spurs can make the same claim. Despite being a diehard competitor, Kobe Bryant had a huge amount of respect for Duncan, Pop, and the Spurs as a whole. 

On the All-Spurs Rival Team, Bryant would be the primary scorer. Nash would probably help Bryant get some open looks, so Kobe wouldn’t have to create his own space to get buckets. Bryant averaged 25 points per game during his career, but with a prime Steve Nash alongside him, that would be one of the scariest backcourts in league history.