San Antonio Spurs History

How would the All-Time Spurs fare against their All-Time Rivals?

Oscar Barkis
Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
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Center: David Robinson, 1993-95

My greatest wish is that the NBA could have seen peak David Robinson paired up with Tim Duncan. Robinson was still around for the first two Spurs titles (and was heavily involved in winning number one), but he was already 32 when Duncan was drafted. His peak years—like the time he scored 71 in the final game of the ‘94 season to win the scoring title—were behind him. 

The Admiral had a shorter career than most in the all-time 75 because he went to the Navy for college and had to do military service for the first two years after he was drafted. However, he had some crazy statistical years at his peak. I called Duncan’s win shares numbers insane earlier; David averaged 18.5 over the seasons I picked. The limiting factor to his best years was that he was at most the third banana in the league— MJ and Hakeem beat him a lot. 

In that last sentence, I probably gave away my feelings about how the center matchup would go. Hakeem had the killer instinct; until Timmy joined him, David could never deliver a championship. But maybe with the rest of the All-Time Spurs around him, he would have fared better. Rivals win 4-2.

Well, that final tally sucks. Trust me, it kills me (after writing 1400 words) more than it probably does you. But truthfully, it’d be hard for any franchise to put together an all-time team that could beat the starting five that Jonah put together. That was a list made up of five top-40 (at worst) players of all time. Some teams don’t even have one of those guys.

Next. Manu Ginobili was the NBA’s first unicorn, just not the way you’d think. dark

I do think Pop’s coaching advantage should count for more than one point, and the Spurs tend to play better than their talent, but I’ve still got to give the game to the rivals.