SAN ANTONIO SPURS NBA FINALS FACTS

The San Antonio Spurs are making their fifth appearance in the NBA Finals, which ranks eighth all-time in Finals history. Spurs are .727 (16-6) all-time in NBA Finals games, which marks the best winning percentage of any team in Finals history. The Silver and Black own a 9-2 (.818) overall home record in the NBA Finals and a 7-4 (.636) road record. With an NBA Championship in 2007, the San Antonio Spurs became just the third team since the 1976-77 ABA/NBA merger to win four championships in a nine-year span (Lakers and Bulls are the others), making them only one of two teams in NBA history to make more than one trip to the NBA Finals and never lose a series (Chicago Bulls, 6-0).

Tim Duncan has won more playoff games in his career (129) than 20 of the other 29 current NBA franchises. With three NBA Finals MVPs (1999, 2003 and 2005.), Duncan is one of four players to win the award three-or-more times, joining Michael Jordan (six), Magic Johnson (three) and Shaquille O'Neal (three). Duncan is just the second player in history to earn NBA Finals MVP honors in each of his first three trips to the Finals (Michael Jordan was six-for-six).

Postseason Trios

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are the first trio on a team other than the Celtics and Lakers to reach the NBA Finals four times together (Elias). Here is a look at where the Spurs trio ranks in NBA postseason history:

MOST NBA POSTSEASON WINS BY TRIO

L.A. Lakers

Magic Johnson

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Michael Cooper

110 wins

SPURS

TIM DUNCAN

TONY PARKER

MANU GINOBILI

98 wins

L.A. Lakers

Magic Johnson

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Byron Scott

93 wins

Celtics

Larry Bird

Kevin McHale

Robert Parish

92 wins

Playoff Experience

The Spurs have played in 204 playoff games since Tim Duncan’s arrival to San Antonio in 1997. Since 2003, Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker have played in 150 playoff games together, the most playoff games played as an active trio in the NBA. Duncan and Parker have played 166 playoff games together which is the most between two active teammates in the postseason.

MOST GAMES PLAYED BETWEEN TRIOS
(ACTIVE PLAYERS)

Team

Players

Games

SPURS

DUNCAN, GINOBILI & PARKER

150

Celtics

Garnett, Pierce & Rondo

78

Heat

Chalmers, Haslem & Wade

69


MOST GAMES PLAYED BETWEEN DUOS
(ACTIVE PLAYERS)

Team

Players

Games

SPURS

DUNCAN & PARKER

166

Heat

Haslem & Wade

113

Celtics

Pierce & Rondo

92




Coach Pop in the Postseason

Gregg Popovich is not only one of the most successful coaches in the regular season, but also one of the best all-time in NBA playoff history. Popovich currently ranks third all-time with 130 playoff wins behind Phil Jackson and Pat Riley while having the most playoff wins with one team in NBA postseason history. He also has the most playoff wins among active coaches. Here’s a look at most playoff wins by a head coach:

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF WINS

COACH

WINS

1. Phil Jackson

229

2. Pat Riley

171

3. Gregg Popovich

130

4. Larry Brown

100

5. Red Auerbach

91


ALL-TIME PLAYOFF WINS (ONE TEAM)

COACH

WINS

1. Gregg Popovich – San Antonio Spurs

130

2. Phil Jackson – Los Angeles Lakers

118

3. Phil Jackson – Chicago Bulls

111

3. Pat Riley – Los Angeles Lakers

102

4. Red Auerbach – Boston Celtics

90

Playoff Success in the Duncan Era

Since the Spurs selected Tim Duncan with the first overall selection in the 1997 NBA Draft, San Antonio has the highest winning percentage in the postseason over the last 16 years (1998-present). The Lakers currently have the most wins and have one more championship (5) than the Spurs (4) during that time frame. Here’s a look at the top five records in the playoffs since ’97 (minimum 50 games):

TEAM

RECORD

PERCENTAGE

1. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

130-79

.622

2. Los Angeles Lakers

133-85

.610

3. Miami Heat

87-60

.592

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

43-32

.573

5. Detroit Pistons

75-63

.543




Coaches to win 4-or-more NBA Finals

With four NBA titles, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is one of just five NBA coaches in NBA history to have won at least four NBA championships (only active). Among the five coaches, Coach Pop has the highest winning percentage .727 (16-6) of any in the Finals.


Coach

Finals Record

Championships

Phil Jackson

130-79

11

Red Auerbach

133-85

9

John Kundla

87-60

5

Pat Riley

43-32

5

Gregg Popovich

75-63

4




NBA Finals Quick Facts

The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association. The series was named the NBA World Championship Series until 1986.

The NBA Finals has been played at the end of every NBA and Basketball Association of America season in history, the first being held in 1947.



NBA Finals International Reach

The NBA will air live in 215 countries and territories and 47 languages on TV, online, mobile devices and social media. The international world feed will include shots of the city as part of the broadcast highlighting San Antonio to a global audience.

More than 300 international media members will descend on San Antonio to cover The Finals.

The Spurs roster features nine international players – the most ever in NBA history on any team – and this has fueled global interest: Aron Baynes (Australia), Nando De Colo (France), Boris Diaw (France), Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands – yes, TD gets counted), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Cory Joseph (Canada), Patty Mills (Australia), Tony Parker (France), Tiago Splitter (Brazil). Seven of these nine competed in the 2012 Olympic Games (all but Duncan and Joseph).

The NBA has one of the largest social media communities in the world that will be following The Finals in San Antonio. More than 400 million likes and followers for all league, team and player pages combined across all social media platforms. The Finals is one of the most active times of the year on social media.

The following eight broadcasters will air the NBA Finals for the first time: Ningxia Satellite TV, China / Radio Marti, Cuba / beIN Sport, France / SIX, India / KTN, Kenya / Viasat Sport, Sweden / Agape, Tanzania / NBA TV (TrueVisions); all new broadcasters delight in local US market flavor and will likely highlight San Antonio in their telecasts.