While the San Antonio Spurs had plenty of Hall of Famers in their glory days, they never would've been multiple NBA champions without some unsung heroes.
Even when you have multiple superstars, it takes a complete team effort to become an NBA champion, and the Spurs were lucky enough to find the right pieces to surround their stars for decades, leading to five championships along the way.
Beginning in 1999, the five trophies the Silver and Black took home to the Alamo City had the fingerprints of 43 different players on them in some way or another. As I continue to reflect on the Spurs' championship days this week, here's one performance during each postseason run that surprised everyone, starting with the title that started it all.
1999: Jaren Jackson's 3-point barrage buries the Lakers
Before they put it all together and tore through the league for three years, the Los Angeles Lakers took a beating from the San Antonio Spurs.
Having finished with a 31-19 record in the lockout-shortened season, the Lakers had breezed past the Houston Rockets as the fourth seed and were expected to give the top-seeded Spurs some trouble. When they tried to make a series of it at home after going down 2-0, Jaren Jackson had other ideas.
Shooting 9-of-15 from the floor in Game 3, Jackson finished with 22 points off the bench in 28 minutes. While he only made two threes in the game, he followed that up with a blistering 6-of-11 night from outside in Game 4 to close out Los Angeles in a sweep.
Even a 20-year old Kobe Bryant paired with Shaquille O'Neal wasn't enough to stop Jackson and the Spurs that season and Jackson had two more games with 5+ made 3-pointers in the next two rounds of the playoffs. Considering he averaged just 5.5 points per game over his career, the performances definitely caught me off guard.