I know this is future thinking, but I was randomly processing what might happen after the 2014/2015 season. There is almost a whole generation of spurs fans have no comprehension of a losing season. There understanding of disappointment is losing in the first round of the playoffs. So I was thinking about what has happened to teams who have come off of great winning streaks. There is no guaruntee that we won't make the playoffs in 2015/16, but it seams more likely than not that we will have to experience some drop off. In the last 40 years, only 3 other teams have held winning streaks longer than 15 seasons (this year makes 17 for us): Portland ('83-'03), Utah ('84-'03), and LAL ('77-'93). And the longest total ever is 22 seasons, so more than likely we are looking at a bad season happening at some point over the next 5 year. With that said I am curious about what people think will realistically happen to us after we have a bad year. Each of the three teams had very different results.
The Lakers went 33-49, 9th in the conference, and missed the playoffs by 8 games. However, it didn't last long because they returned strongly the following year by finishing 48-34 and winning in the first round. They then go on to win a few games and a few championships over the next 10 years.
The Jazz went 42-40 and just missed the playoffs by 1 game. And while they did have a terrible season the next year, they were pretty quick in returning to strong form, even making the finals in 07. But that is definitely the highlight as they are back to being in very bad shape.
The Blazers went 41-41 falling right behind the Jazz for that 8th seed. But they continued to struggle as they didn't win more than 32 games the next three seasons and have yet to win a playoff series.
So what team do you think we will most resemble?