When you think of elite hoops, a few teams should come to mind right away, including the San Antonio Spurs. With a history of acquiring premier players and winning championship games, they’ve proven that they deserve to be on that list time and time again.
The Spurs have called the AT&T Center home since 2002, after 20 seasons in HemisFair Arena and 9 in the Alamodome. The WNBA Stars and AHL Rampage also play there, and superstars like the Rolling Stones have put on electrifying performances for the masses.
San Antonio knows that fans are key to their success, so they make attending games super exciting. The Silver Dancers get the crowd riled up, and the team’s Coyote does his part, too. Speaking of the Coyote, he has some major credentials as a past Mascot of the Year title-holder and an inductee into the Mascot Hall of Fame. However, he’s most proud of being the first mascot in history to dunk both a basketball and a donut in a single game!
The magic really happens when the Spurs take the court, but they also do awesome things on the road. Playing against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, they captured their first NBA title in 1999 when Avery Johnson hit an 18-foot jumper. Tim Duncan, George Gervin, and David Robinson have all worn Spurs jerseys at one time, leaving an indelible mark on the sport.
The 1974 acquisition of Gervin proved to be one of the biggest deals in Spurs’ history, and it definitely wasn’t easy; in fact, it was so tumultuous that Gervin had to go into hiding for a few weeks as the Spurs, the Virginia Squires, and the ABA league office battled it out. And when his #44 jersey was retired in 1987, 15,786 fans were on hand to pay tribute to "The Iceman." After scoring a whopping 26,595 points during his professional career, he was eventually inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
David Robinson came onboard in 1989, and because he had served in the U.S. Navy, his teammates nicknamed him “The Admiral.” He was the first player in San Antonio’s history to win the league’s MVP Award and retired in 2003 as their all-time leader in games, points, rebounds, steals, and blocks.
In 1997, the Spurs won the lottery (literally) with Wake Forest star Tim Duncan, choosing him as their first-round pick in the NBA Draft. Duncan has the distinction of appearing in a Finals series in three separate decades; the team won the league’s title in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.
In the Spurs’ hugely successful 2013-2014 season, they finished with the best overall record in the league and posted 100+ points in 62 games. Together with Duncan, guards Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker held the first three spots in the top five in career-winning percentages among active players. There’s no question why they’re called “The Big Three,” and there’s also no denying that the Spurs have a future ahead of them that’s just as bright as their top stars.