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JasonJohnHorn
03-15-2013, 04:08 PM
The Spurs have officially extended their consecutive 50+ win season (or equivalent winning percentage- see 99 lock-out shortened season) to 16 seasons. Tim Duncan has NEVER played on a roster that failed to secure 50 wins of the equivalent winning percentage.

How does this rank among accomplishments in the NBA? Is it as untouchable as Stockton's assist or steals record? Or Wilt's 100 point game? Or the Laker's 33-game winning streak? Obviously not as impressive as the Celtics 8-straight championships, but still.

Of course if you don't count the lock-out shortened season, it is only at 14 seasons, but even that season they did win 50 games if you count the post season, where they won the 15 games required to secure a title (plus 37 from the regular season the total is 53).

I assume this is the record for most consecutive 50+ win seasons, but I'm not sure.


Thoughts?

Money_23
03-15-2013, 04:24 PM
great Coach.

rockbottom2010
03-15-2013, 04:28 PM
how is it 16 straight?....98-99 they won 37 games

kdspurman
03-15-2013, 04:31 PM
how is it 16 straight?....98-99 they won 37 games

It was mentioned in the OP, percentage wise it would've been equal to and more than 50 wins. That year of course only 50 games were played due to the lock out.

It is somewhat misleading though, the streak is 14 officially.

rockbottom2010
03-15-2013, 04:33 PM
It was mentioned in the OP, percentage wise it would've been equal to and more than 50 wins. That year of course only 50 games were played due to the lock out.

It is somewhat misleading though, the streak is 14 officially.

14 straight is impressive, its all because of two guys...tim duncan and gregg popovich

JEDean89
03-15-2013, 04:35 PM
you can't knock the lockout year because their % was over 50 games and they won the chip! SA is what every team should be modeled after.

HouRealCoach
03-15-2013, 04:45 PM
That's why Tim Duncan is a top 5 player, that to go along with 2 MVP's, 3 Finals MVP's, 4 Championships, 20, 11, 50%, 3 assists, 2.5 blocks & this man is never mentioned in the top 5 :pity:

ztilzer31
03-15-2013, 04:48 PM
14 straight is impressive, its all because of two guys...tim duncan and gregg popovich

... Uh Tony Parker says hi.


Seriously without Tony Parker this franchise would of been in rebuild mode 3 or 4 years ago. Most underrated player in the NBA.

ztilzer31
03-15-2013, 04:49 PM
I don't know where this is historically, but it's been safe to say for awhile now that the Spurs are a pretty successful Dynasty.

HouRealCoach
03-15-2013, 04:51 PM
... Uh Tony Parker says hi.


Seriously without Tony Parker this franchise would of been in rebuild mode 3 or 4 years ago. Most underrated player in the NBA.

He's talking about overall, & without those two this franchise is in the lottery for consecutive years maybe

Bruno
03-15-2013, 04:52 PM
amazing. brilliant all-time great coach, visionary ownership and management. Duncan is a living legend. Robinson, Manu and TP have played huge roles as well.

Bruno
03-15-2013, 04:54 PM
It was mentioned in the OP, percentage wise it would've been equal to and more than 50 wins. That year of course only 50 games were played due to the lock out.

It is somewhat misleading though, the streak is 14 officially.

i go with the percentages. i haven zero issue saying 16 straight.

Hawkeye15
03-15-2013, 04:54 PM
Best run franchise since the early 90's.

Money_23
03-15-2013, 04:58 PM
Duncan, DRob and Pop were the reasons why they won in 99 and 03.
05, Robert Horry was the reason why they won. Pretty much a coin flip because Detroit was a powerhouse.
07, Suns got robbed.

IKnowHoops
03-15-2013, 05:00 PM
Best run franchise since the early 90's.

No doubt, possibly ever.

rocket
03-15-2013, 05:02 PM
how is it 16 straight?....98-99 they won 37 games

Do you know how to read? Like he clearly pointed this out.

beliges
03-15-2013, 05:12 PM
The Spurs have officially extended their consecutive 50+ win season (or equivalent winning percentage- see 99 lock-out shortened season) to 16 seasons. Tim Duncan has NEVER played on a roster that failed to secure 50 wins of the equivalent winning percentage.

How does this rank among accomplishments in the NBA? Is it as untouchable as Stockton's assist or steals record? Or Wilt's 100 point game? Or the Laker's 33-game winning streak? Obviously not as impressive as the Celtics 8-straight championships, but still.

Of course if you don't count the lock-out shortened season, it is only at 14 seasons, but even that season they did win 50 games if you count the post season, where they won the 15 games required to secure a title (plus 37 from the regular season the total is 53).

I assume this is the record for most consecutive 50+ win seasons, but I'm not sure.


Thoughts?

This speaks loudly about the organization as a whole. One of the best run organizations in American sports over the last 20 years or so. They have always been able to put amazing talent around their franchise player for the entire duration of his tenure there and they have maintained one of the 5 greatest coaches to ever coach in this league.

gatkins11
03-15-2013, 05:13 PM
Excellent organization year-in and year-out.

netsgiantsyanks
03-15-2013, 05:36 PM
how is it 16 straight?....98-99 they won 37 games

shortened season.

rockbottom2010
03-15-2013, 05:37 PM
... Uh Tony Parker says hi.


Seriously without Tony Parker this franchise would of been in rebuild mode 3 or 4 years ago. Most underrated player in the NBA.

ya but history shows that tim duncan started this...the best power forward ever to play the game....w/o him...no championships....nuff said

rockbottom2010
03-15-2013, 05:38 PM
shortened season.

u think i didn't know, vince carter would have been an all star....and the chicago bulls...they were horrific

rockbottom2010
03-15-2013, 05:39 PM
Do you know how to read? Like he clearly pointed this out.

look at the title...if u can't read...then u have issues

hidalgo
03-15-2013, 05:43 PM
shortened season.yea their win% was well over the 50 win mark% that year, so that's absolutely another 50 win season in my mind(& they won the championship)

rocket
03-15-2013, 05:45 PM
look at the title...if u can't read...then u have issues

What do u mean read the title? What do you read the title of a thread and just nothing else and then post in it?

KnicksorBust
03-15-2013, 05:49 PM
2nd most impressive run in basketball history.

#1 Celtics - 11 titles in 13 seasons

rockbottom2010
03-15-2013, 05:54 PM
What do u mean read the title? What do you read the title of a thread and just nothing else and then post in it?

its 14 straight.....not 16......15 in the last 16 years....therefore....its irrelevent however, if he said .600 and better over the past 16 seasons...different story...i would rank them probably 4th or 5th all time...

b@llhog24
03-15-2013, 07:41 PM
I have Duncan at 6 but you could easily flip him and the Dream for me.

Also I'm not a fan of comparing team records to individual player records.

OceanSpray
03-16-2013, 03:22 AM
2nd most impressive run in basketball history.

#1 Celtics - 11 titles in 13 seasons

But lets account for the fact that basketball was a joke back then. This streak is much more impressive.

ThaDubs
03-16-2013, 03:39 AM
But lets account for the fact that basketball was a joke back then. This streak is much more impressive.

A joke? If you played in the league back then you'd average 0 points on 0% shooting. Although it was less competitive back then as it was in the 90's-10's basketball was never a joke. 11 titles in 13 seasons is still undoubtably impressive.

PurpleJesus
03-16-2013, 04:31 AM
wow. 14 straight 50 win seasons. I cant believe they have done it so quietly too. This team has been one of the top 5-8 contenders in the league since Duncan joined the team...what a great run, that isnt even done yet.

TheNumber37
03-16-2013, 05:49 AM
how is it 16 straight?....98-99 they won 37 games

Hello, My name is: All I read was the thread title.

Bruno
03-16-2013, 08:28 AM
But lets account for the fact that basketball was a joke back then. This streak is much more impressive.

hardly.

four titles and sixteen 50 win seasons in a row doesn't have squat on the 60's celtics dynasty. what the spurs have done is amazing but regular season wins don't compare to winning eight championships in a row.

waveycrockett
03-16-2013, 08:37 AM
I love when other GM's or execs say they want to model their team after the Spurs. As if guys like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Greg Pop grow on trees.

Chronz
03-16-2013, 11:52 AM
I love when other GM's or execs say they want to model their team after the Spurs. As if guys like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Greg Pop grow on trees.

Thats exactly what Jerry West says whenever people mention systems, cultures and the like.

JasonJohnHorn
03-16-2013, 05:08 PM
Thats exactly what Jerry West says whenever people mention systems, cultures and the like.

The Spurs do have a great model though. Guys like Duncan and Parker and Manu certainly do not grow on trees, but Duncan is the only guy they've drafted since 98 that wasn't passed up on by almost every other team in the league. Any number of teams could have picked up Tony Parker, and most teams passed up on Manu TWICE! The thing with the Spurs is that they have done a great job of drafting players and scouting, especially in Europe. They drafted Parker, Manu, Splitter, Scola, Dragic, Barbosa, Udrih... a lot of great European talent, while also pick up guys that other teams gave up on (Stephen Jackson, Bruce Bowen) and developed a team-orientated system that maximizes their potential every year. No team can fairly expect to win a title every year, but getting 50 wins is an obtainable goal, and that puts you in a position to win. The thing with the Spurs is, like all teams, they had a losing season that gained them a franchise player: Tim Duncan, but since then, even though they have had low picks, they have still be able to add starters and all-stars to the roster because their scouting is so good, but also because they system they have encourages the growth of all the players. I mean, look at how good Roger Mason did. He was a bench player on a lottery team before he was picked up by the Spurs, and he became a rotation player on a contender. Once he left, he was back to struggling to get minutes.

The Spurs have done a great job scouting American colleges too, Blair, Leonard, George Hill, Gary Neal, Salmons... guys who have been starters in the league and were drafted at a spot where most guys around those picks don't even end up making an NBA roster.


It's not just about drafting well, but creating a system like Pop's that allows all the players to contribute and develop. Would Tony Parker have developed into the player he is without Pop and Duncan? Same goes for Manu? Would these guys have been able to thrive without the system Pop has in place?

The only player I can say didn't get better in Pop's system was Richard Jefferson, but even he was posting his best 3pt % of his career with the Spurs, there were just more guys to share the ball with than he was used to.

I think the Thunder are doing template. They have a different system obviously, but they have put a lot of focus on scouting and it has paid off. They let a couple of bad seasons turn into a couple of great picks and then have gotten better each year by drafting talented guys that can contribute.

--23--
03-16-2013, 08:26 PM
They're a great franchise top 4 in my book.

Lakers
Celtics
Spurs
Bulls

rockbottom2010
03-16-2013, 08:34 PM
Hello, My name is: All I read was the thread title.

shut the fack up....don't be a dumbtrack u 2011 *****

ColtsSpursTerps
03-16-2013, 08:37 PM
I love when other GM's or execs say they want to model their team after the Spurs. As if guys like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Greg Pop grow on trees.

QFT. same goes for Belichick in NFL