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2013January 28, 2018: Manu Ginobili scored 15 points in a game against the Sacramento Kings. Vince Carter of the Kings scored 21 in the same game against the Spurs. It was the first time in NBA history that two players over the age of 40 scored 15 points in the same game.

Season Preview: Age and injuries are catching up with the Spurs, but who would dare predict they might win fewer than 50 games? Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge will lead the team, backed by role players Patty Mills, Pau Gasol, Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, and Rudy Gay—plus Tony Parker, who is due to return from surgery.

2013Recap: The Spurs won 61 games and made the playoffs for the 20th year in a row despite the retirement of all-time great Tim Duncan. Newcomer Pau Gasol filled Duncan’s shoes while Kawhi Leonard averaged over 25 points per game and made the NBA All-Defensive team for the fourth year in a row. The Spurs made it to the Western Conference Finals before falling to the Warriors.

2013Season Preview: The big news in San Antonio is the addition of All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, who signed with the Spurs as a free agent. He joins Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Kawhi Leonard on what might have been the NBA’s best second-half team last season. If the old guys can stay healthy, the Spurs could win another title.

2013Season Preview: After a slow start, the Spurs turned it on in the final months and many expected them to return to the NBA Finals. Kawhi Leonard continued to develop into a superstar. He led the NBA in Steals and was named Defensive Player of the Year. Danny Green also assumed more of a leading role. The trio of Parker, Ginobili, and Duncan averaged 39 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 assists per game. A hard-fought opening-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers ended in defeat on a controversial play by Chris Paul.

Season Preview: Until someone proves otherwise, the Spurs are the team to beat in the West in 2014–15. Aging stars Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker provide leadership and experience while Kawhi Leonard—who turned in a superstar performance in the NBA Finals—provides a spark at both ends of the court.

2013Recap: The Big Three of Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili led San Antonio to 62 victories—the most in the NBA. Coach Gregg Popovich did a magnificent job working his players in and out of the lineup. Not a single Spur averaged more than 30 minutes a game. As a result the "old" Spurs gave younger teams more than they could handle. In the playoffs, San Antonio defeated the Mavericks in a tough opening-round series and then cruised to a rematch with the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. After a near-miss in 2013 against the Heat in 2013, the Spurs finished them off 4 games to 1 to win their fifth championship. In the last three games—all easy victories— Kawhi Leonard led the team in scoring with 61 points.

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The major card companies did not make basketball products in the mid-1980s, so nice cards like this one of Johnny Moore can be hard to find. The Star Company sold team sets in see-through bags—no gum, no wrapper, no nothing. (Star Co.)



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Upper Deck made some cool cards in the 1990s. This one of Avery Johnson was part of the "Desire" subset that really showed in-game intensity. (The Upper Deck Company)



Rich Jones — 6' 6" Forward
Born: 12/27/1946
Played for Team: 1969–70 to 1974–75
Rich Jones was an All-Star twice for the team—once with the Dallas Chaparrals and once with the Spurs. He often scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds a night, and ranked among the Top 30 ABA players in these career categories. Jones was also the team's top defensive player.

Johnny Moore — 6' 1" Guard
Born: 3/3/1958
Playevd for Team: 1980–81 to 1989–90
Johnny Moore was one of the NBA's top set-up men. He led the league with 762 assists in his second season, and was one of the team's most popular players. In the playoffs, Moore bumped up his numbers, averaging 22.5 points and 14.6 assists in 1983.

Terry Cummings — 6' 9" Forward
Born: 3/15/1961
Played for Team: 1989–90 to 1994–95
Terry Cummings was already an All-Star when the team traded Alvin Robertson for him. He provided the Spurs with excellent scoring, defense, and leadership during David Robinson's early years.

Avery Johnson — 5' 10" Guard
Born: 3/25/1965
Played for Team: 1990–91 to 19922–93 & 1994–95 to 2000–01
Avery Johnson was a unique package of talent, drive, and enthusiasm. It took him a while to earn the team's point guard role, but once he did, the Spurs became a championship team. He ranked among the Top 10 in assists four times with San Antonio.

Kawhi Leonard — 6' 7" Forward
Born: 6/29/1991
First Season with Team: 2011–12
The Spurs have had their greatest success when they made impossible match-ups for their opponents. Kahwi Leonard continued that tradition when San Antonio traded for him after the 2011 draft. He quickly became one of the team's best players at both ends of the court.

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There aren't many pictures of Cliff Hagan from his ABA career. This photo from his college days at the University of Kentucky shows the shot he was most famous for—the hook shot. (Basketball Illustrated)


In the team's very first game, player-coach Cliff Hagan scored 40 points. Later in the 1967–68 season, he was picked to play in the ABA All-Star Game. Hagan became the first player to appear as an All-Star in both the NBA and ABA.

When the Spurs moved to San Antonio, the team's owners simply hoped they would improve their ticket sales. What happened next was remarkable. Fans in the Texas town went wild for their first "major-league" sports team—and topped the previous year's attendance after just 19 games.

Gangly 6' 7" guards usually aren't known for their power dunks. But in 1996, San Antonio's Brent Barry amazed fans during the All-Star Weekend when he won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Barry—whose father Rick was an NBA Hall of Famer—won the contest by taking off from behind the free throw line and slamming the ball one-handed through the basket.

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This photo of George Johnson came from a publicity shot entitled "The Bruise Brothers." The Spurs were known as a very physical team in the 1980s and Johnson was their king of swat. (San Antonio Spurs)


1977–78 — George Gervin — 27.2
1978–79 — George Gervin — 29.6
1979–80 — George Gervin — 33.1
1981–82 — George Gervin — 32.3

1974–75 — Swen Nater — 16.4*
1990–91 — David Robinson — 13.0
1993–94 — Dennis Rodman — 17.3
1994–95 — Dennis Rodman — 16.8

1981–82 — Johnny Moore — 9.7

1985–86 — Alvin Robertson — 3.7
1986–87 — Alvin Robertson — 3.2

Steals did not become an official statistic until 1973–74.

1975–76 — Billy Paultz — 3.1*
1980–81 — George Johnson — 3.4
1981–82 — George Johnson — 3.1
1991–92 — David Robinson — 4.5

Blocks did not become an official statistic until 1973–74.

* ABA Leader



1998–99 New York Knicks Won 4–1
2002–03 New Jersey Nets Won 4–2
2004–05 Detroit Pistons Won 4–3
2006–07 Cleveland Cavaliers Won 4–0
2012–13 Miami Heat Lost 3–4
2013–14 Miami Heat Won 4–1

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