San Antonio Spurs' Connections Around NBA Show Dominance

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The San Antonio Spurs are known around the basketball world for producing top-tier talent that other teams want to use for their own advantage. It’s the Spurs’ way, and the Spurs family currently extends well past San Antonio.

Of the 29 teams excluding the Silver and Black, 22 have some sort of direct connection within their organization to San Antonio. This leaves only seven that do not have someone who was at one point employed by the Spurs, which is far and away the most in the league. 

Some of the connections are reaches, but the general parameter is someone who currently collects a check from a team had to get paid by the Spurs at one point. This includes people like Dewayne Dedmon and Luka Samanic, who many Spurs fans forgot even existed. 

The list of connections is as follows, and you should take note that all of the Spurs network is legitimate, although some are more clear-cut than others. 

Atlanta Hawks - Dominique Wilkins

Current Vice President for Atlanta and played for San Antonio from 1996-97.

Boston Celtics - Ime Udoka

Current head coach for Boston, Spurs assistant coach from 2012-2019.

Patty Mills
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Brooklyn Nets - Patty Mills, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tiago Splitter

Patty Mills and LaMarcus Aldridge are still playing, Tiago Splitter is an assistant coach

Charlotte Hornets - James Borrego

Current head coach for the Hornets and was a video coordinator in SA from 2003-10.

Chicago Bulls - DeMar DeRozan and Maurice Cheeks

DeMar DeRozan was recently traded to Chicago, Cheeks is an assistant coach for Billy Donovan and played for the Spurs during the 1989-90 season.

Dallas Mavericks - Boban Marjanovic

Boban played one season in San Antonio in 2015-16.

Cory Joseph
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Detroit Pistons - Cory Joseph

Cory Joseph won a ring in 2014 as a backup guard with the Spurs.

Golden State Warriors - Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr won two titles with San Antonio as a player in 1999 and 2003.