The San Antonio Spurs are an American specialized basketball team founded in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs compete in the NBA (National Basketball Association) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. The home ground of the team is at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. The drafting of Tim Duncan in 1997 was a turning point in the history of the Spurs. Spanish League MVP Tiago Splitter was the Spurs’ biggest addition in 2010.
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Among the four, The Spurs is one of the American Basketball Association (ABA) teams to remain unbroken in the NBA after the 1976 ABA–NBA merger and are the only former ABA team to have won an NBA championship. The team franchise has won NBA championships in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014.
As of May 2015, the Spurs had the highest winning percentage among active NBA franchises. As of May 2017, the Spurs had the best winning percentage of any franchise in the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada over the previous three decades. From 1999–2000 to 2016–17, the Spurs won 50 games each season, setting a record of 18 consecutive 50-win seasons. In the 2018–19 season, the Spurs matched an NBA record for most consecutive playoff appearances with 22. The team’s recent success has coincided with the tenure of current head coach Gregg Popovich and with the playing careers of the Spurs’ icons David Robinson (1989–2003) and Tim Duncan (1997–2016).
In June 2018, following months of reports of growing tension between Leonard’s camp and the Spurs stemming from a disagreement over his injury rehabilitation process, reports indicated that Leonard had requested a trade. On July 18, 2018, Leonard and Danny Green were traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Pöltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick. On July 6, 2018, Tony Parker signed with the Charlotte Hornets after having played his entire 17-year career with the Spurs. On August 27, Manu Ginóbili announced his retirement after a 16-year career with the Spurs. The Spurs signed forwards Quincy Pondexter and Dante Cunningham and guard Marco Belinelli and re-signed guard Bryn Forbes and forward Rudy Gay.