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Spurs: Ranking the 5 best teams that never won a championship

Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, DeJuan Blair, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker
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With the highest winning percentage in NBA history and five championships, the San Antonio Spurs rank as one of the most successful teams in NBA history. However, despite those accomplishments, they've had their fair share of disappointments, including having several great teams that fell short of winning a title.

That's bound to happen when a team is as successful as the Spurs have been. Still, one can't help but wonder which of these teams is the best. Let's go through and rank the five best Spurs teams to never have won an NBA title.

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5. The 2011-12 San Antonio Spurs

It's tempting to include the 1994-95 team that won 62 games and lost in the Western Conference Finals on this list, but they were edged out by the 2011-12 Spurs. While the 2011-12 team didn't have anyone nearly as good as peak David Robinson, they were equally as dominant. In fact, they won 75% of their games including 10 straight to end the regular season.

That late surge was the result of moves made in the offseason after losing to the Memphis Grizzlies in a first round upset the year before. The Spurs traded George Hill in a deal that netted them Kawhi Leonard, giving them some much-needed size at the three.

However, moving Hill left the team thin at shooting guard, so the Spurs decided to bring back a player that they cut twice -- Danny Green. Then, an early-season injury to Manu Ginobili and the abrupt retirement of T.J. Ford forced Green into the starting lineup.

Green quickly proved himself, as did Leonard, who soon began starting over Richard Jefferson.
Those moves helped the Spurs get younger and drastically improve their defense. They then tore through the first two rounds of the playoffs, sweeping the Utah Jazz and the LA Clippers, then beating the Oklahoma City Thunder twice.

That euphoric 20-game win streak came to a dizzying halt, however, after the Thunder blindsided the Spurs and completed a backdoor sweep. Losing to a team that had three future league MVPs probably shouldn't look as bad in retrospect, but they weren't those players yet, and the Spurs were far more experienced.

Worse yet, had they closed the Thunder out, the Spurs likely would've beaten the Miami Heat, who had flamed out in the NBA Finals the year before. Too bad we'll never know.