San Antonio Spurs: Ranking All 6 NBA Finals Opponents

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The San Antonio Spurs' dominant run throughout the league spanned three different decades and three different championship video formats. Appearing in six NBA Finals from 1999-2014 and winning five, they faced opponents ranging from "how did they make it this far" to "how did we just beat them?"

From a surprise NBA Finals appearance by the New York Knicks in 1999 to the back-to-back Miami Heat duels, the Spurs were able to defeat loaded rosters and superstars on their way to five rings.

To continue Spurs' Championship Week, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the toughest obstacles the Silver and Black overcame as they reached the pinnacle of basketball glory.

Here are the teams the San Antonio Spurs faced in their NBA Finals appearances, ranked from worst to best.

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6. Cleveland Cavaliers - 2007

If you said the 2007 Cleveland Cavaliers were the worst NBA team to ever make the Finals, you probably wouldn't face much resistance. Even though they had a 22-year-old LeBron James just starting to reach his prime, these were the rest of their starters in the NBA Finals.

Drew Gooden
Daniel Gibson (2 games)
Sasha Pavlovic
Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Larry Hughes (2 games)

Drew Gooden played for 10 different teams (including the Spurs) over 11 seasons and averaged 11 points per game. Daniel Gibson was a rookie averaging 4.6 points per game. Pavlovic scored 4.9 points per game in his career.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas was the closest thing to help LeBron had on that team, and he had to go against Tim Duncan.

Although they played the Spurs closely in Games 3 and 4 at home, the Cavaliers were torched by Tony Parker like no other, and they went down in a four-game sweep.