The San Antonio Spurs franchise has been around for 50+ years and has won five championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014). And has the highest winning percentage among active NBA franchises. They have also set a very impressive record of 18 consecutive 50+ win-seasons. Likewise, San Antonio has set a record of 22 consecutive playoffs appearances. (Wikipedia)
Chiefly, San Antonio Spurs has been loaded with talents in the majority of the record setting seasons. The likes of Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and even Kawhi Leonard have brought a number of franchises to its knees. Nevertheless, the new look of San Antonio has drastically change as the three notable stars of San Antonio has since retired.
Surprisingly, after the Leonard-DeRozan trade, the general NBA community has since labeled the Spurs as the end of an era. They thought that the Spurs will most likely miss the playoffs and end the consecutive playoff runs. And yet here we are. In as much as we credit those runs to the entire Spurs organization, we can attribute those to Coach Greg Popovich and his win as a team mindset.
The Spurs lineup is just not at the level of the general fans expectations as a playoffs caliber team. Noticeably, the potential lineup of the 2019 season will be no star names except for Aldridge and DeRozan. Currently, the entire lineup has a big shoe to fill whether they like it or not. Every year they are expected to enter the playoffs and get 50+ regular season wins. Although, in the 2018-2019 season they failed to achieve the 50 + regular season wins so that lessens the weight.
Regardless, the Spurs always made it to the playoffs. They’re like the annoying stains on your shirts that you just can’t get rid of. It is important to realize that the San Antonio Spurs won games by not relying heavenly on its superstars but by playing pure basketball. The point overlooked most often was the concept of carving each opponent with great passing, spacing and reliable high percentage shots. Remarkably, the Spurs bench, past and present, doesn’t give in to the starters; they just do their plays and take shots as it is presented.
The unassuming longevity of San Antonio Spurs is not evident in today’s fans; they’re more into biceps-kissing and wolf shouting after break-away dunk players. The demeanour that Coach Pop and the Spurs presented to the entire basketball world has led many to believe that “team” wins games. Another key point is the way the front-office and Coach Pop lead the young core to just play the type of fundamental basketball the Spurs play devoid of acrobatic-camera magnet shots.
In the end, the burden of expectations on the Spurs will always be there but its very existence makes the Spurs organization the greatest of all time.