The San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs are one of the four ABA franchises to successfully transition into the NBA. Based in San Antonio, Texas, the Spurs are part of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association(NBA). They are the current NBA champions.
The Spurs’ five NBA championships are the fourth most in history behind only the Boston Celtics (17), Los Angeles Lakers (16), and Chicago Bulls (6). The Spurs currently rank first among active franchises for the highest winning percentage in NBA history.
Tim Duncan is not only the greatest power forward in NBA history, but also the greatest Spur. Drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1997 NBA draft, Tim Duncan made an immediate impact with the team by becoming the catalyst for all five of their NBA championships. Nicknamed “The Big Fundamental”, he plays basketball effectively without being flashy. Tim Duncan is a two-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA Finals MVP, and NBA Rookie of the Year. He is also a 15-time NBA All-Star and the only player ever to be selected to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams in every one of his first 13 seasons. When he retires, I predict that Tim Duncan would have a statue of himself in front of the AT&T Center.
David Robinson have been the face of the San Antonio Spurs virtually his entire career from 1989-2003. Nicknamed “The Admiral”, David Robinson was one of the finest centers in the NBA during the 1990s. He put Spurs’ basketball back on the map and led his team to the playoffs many years in a row and the championship twice in 1999 and 2003. one of the highlights of his career was scoring 71 points (breaking George Gervin’s single-game franchise record of 63) against the Los Angeles Clippers to earned the 1994 NBA scoring title. David Robinson was not only a two-time NBA champion, but also the 1995 NBA MVP, 1990 NBA Rookie of the Year, and a two-time gold medalist.
George “The Iceman” Gervin was San Antonio Spurs’ first superstar. As the centerpiece of the team, the Spurs transformed from a primarily defense-oriented team into an exciting fast-breaking team that played what coach Bob Bass called “schoolyard basketball.” The master of the finger roll, George Gervin turned the shot into a nearly invincible weapon when he led the National Basketball Association in scoring between 1978 and 1980. He is a 9-time NBA All-Star and the 1980 NBA All-Star Game MVP. George Gervin is widely regarded to be one of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history.
Sean Elliot is one of the most beloved Spurs players of all-time. Playing the small forward position for the Spurs, he was a two-time NBA All-Star and David Robinsons’ sidekick for many years during their playoffs runs in the 1990s. His “Memorial Day Miracle” is one of the greatest moments in Spurs’ history. Sean Elliot’s contribution on the court helped the Spurs win their first NBA championship when they defeated the New York Knicks in 1999. Elliott announced his retirement in 2001. He finished his career averaging 14.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. Elliott is the fifth all-time franchise leader in three-point field goals made (563) and fourth for three-point attempts (1,485).
Tony Parker is the San Antonio Spurs’ star point guard. He has helped the Spurs win four NBA championships in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. He was also the 2007 NBA Finals MVP. Tony Parker is one of the best point guards in the NBA because he is a pass first point guard who is the Spurs’ all-time leader in assists with 5,635. Tony Parker is part of the Spurs’ “Big Three” alongside with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginóbili. They are on the verge of becoming a dynasty in the NBA.