San Antonio Spurs History

Spurs: Ranking Gregg Popovich's 5 Most Impressive Accomplishments

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4. The Spurs' 2017-18 Season

The 2017-18 Spurs likely rank as one of the least talented teams Popovich has coached. Despite that, he somehow guided them to a 47-35 record and a seventh seed in the playoffs in a very competitive Western Conference.

He did so while dealing with the Kawhi Leonard drama, in which he left everyone in the dark as to whether or not he'd play. Additionally, the team featured a bunch of misfitting parts and LaMarcus Aldridge, who had previously asked for a trade. With all of that working against him, it would've been impossible to blame Pop had the season turned into a disaster.

Of course, that didn't happen. Pop repaired the relationship with Aldridge and leaned heavily on him to drag a team with very little shooting to the playoffs. He did so by slowing the game down to a crawl and relying on Aldridge to get buckets in the half-court.

On defense, Popovich found the right mix of length and size to craft a top-three defense that smothered teams. That team even managed to not get run off the court by the Golden State Warriors, who had Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant all in their prime. Fantastic coaching job.

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3. Leading the Spurs to 18 Consecutive 50-Win Seasons

Under Coach Popovich, the Spurs managed to win 50-plus games in 18 straight seasons. Considering that the previous record was 12 straight seasons, it goes to show just how great the team was over that time span. In fact, if you include the 1999 lock-out shortened season in which the Spurs would’ve won 60 games, plus the season before that, that's 20 straight 50-win seasons.

That stretch is why many believe Popovich to be the greatest coach in NBA history. I mean, teams don’t just win at least 60% of their games for two decades straight. That's virtually impossible. Still, Pop did just that with the help of Robinson, Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Leonard, and Aldridge.

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