1989–90 San Antonio Spurs season

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1989–90 San Antonio Spurs season
Midwest Division Champions
David Robinson's rookie year
Head coach Larry Brown
Owner(s) Red McCombs
Arena HemisFair Arena
Results
Record 56–26 (.683)
Place Division: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finish West Semifinals
(Eliminated 3-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Home Sports Entertainment, KSAT
Radio KAJA
< 1988–89 1990–91 >

The 1989-90 NBA season was the Spurs' 14th season in the NBA and 23rd season as a franchise.[1]

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 3 Sean Elliott Guard/Forward  United States Arizona

Roster[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Spurs went from 21-61[2] in the 1988-89 NBA season to 56-26 in 1989-90, for a remarkable 35 game improvement. They advanced to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs where they lost in seven games to the eventual western conference champions, the Portland Trail Blazers. Following the 1989-90 season, David Robinson was unanimously named the NBA Rookie of the Year, and subsequently SEGA produced a game featuring him entitled David Robinson's Supreme Court.

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 56 26 .683 34–7 22–19 19–9
x-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 1 36–5 19–22 21–7
x-Dallas Mavericks 47 35 .573 9 30–11 17–24 17–11
x-Denver Nuggets 43 39 .524 13 28–13 15–26 15–13
x-Houston Rockets 41 41 .500 15 31–10 10–31 13–15
Minnesota Timberwolves 22 60 .268 34 17–24 5–36 6–22
Charlotte Hornets 19 63 .232 37 13–28 6–35 7–21


David Robinson[edit]

As the 1980s ended, the 1989-90 season proved to be the rebirth of the Spurs franchise. With his tour of duty over, David Robinson arrived to the Spurs along with the newly added Terry Cummings and 1989 draftee Sean Elliott. Although there was speculation that Robinson might choose not to sign with the Spurs and to become a free agent once his Navy commitment ended,[3][4] Robinson decided to play in San Antonio. Robinson joined the Spurs for the 1989-90 season, and he helped the team produce the second greatest single season turnaround in NBA history.[5] Robinson had one of the most successful rookie seasons for a center in NBA history, finishing the season as Rookie of the Year while averaging 24.3 points and 12.0 rebounds.

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Denver Nuggets: Spurs win series 3-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1985 Western Conference First Round (Denver won 3-2)

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (3) Portland Trail Blazers: Blazers win series 4-3

Last Playoff Meeting: Not available (first playoff meeting)

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Willie Anderson
Uwe Blab
Frank Brickowski
Maurice Cheeks
Terry Cummings
Sean Elliott
Caldwell Jones
Jeff Lebo
Vernon Maxwell
Johnny Moore
Zarko Paspalj
David Robinson
Rod Strickland
Chris Welp
Reggie Williams
David Wingate

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Willie Anderson
Uwe Blab
Frank Brickowski
Terry Cummings
Sean Elliott
Caldwell Jones
Mike Mitchell
Johnny Moore
David Robinson
Rod Strickland
Reggie Williams
David Wingate

Award winners[edit]

  • David Robinson, NBA Rookie of the Year
  • David Robinson, All-NBA Defensive Second Team
  • David Robinson, All-NBA Rookie Team
  • David Robinson, All-NBA Team, Third Team

References[edit]

External links[edit]