1998–99 San Antonio Spurs season

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1998–99 San Antonio Spurs season
Midwest Division Champions
First NBA Championship
Head coach Gregg Popovich
Owner(s) Peter Holt
Arena Alamodome
Results
Record 37–13 (.740)
Place Division: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Southwest, KRRT
Radio KLEY
< 1997–98 1999–00 >

The 1998–99 San Antonio Spurs season was their 32nd as a franchise, the 26th in San Antonio, and the 23rd season in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] They finished first in the Midwest Division with a 37–13 record.

In the playoffs, they defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round, then swept the Los Angeles Lakers in the semifinals. San Antonio then swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals, and advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. In the finals, they defeated the eight-seeded New York Knicks in five games.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 24 Felipe López Guard  Dominican Republic St. John's
2 52 Derrick Dial Guard  United States Eastern Michigan

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C David Robinson Will Perdue
PF Tim Duncan Malik Rose Gerard King
SF Sean Elliott Jerome Kersey
SG Mario Elie Jaren Jackson Andrew Gaze
Brandon Williams
PG Avery Johnson Antonio Daniels Steve Kerr

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 37 13 .740 21–4 16–9 17–4
x-Utah Jazz 37 13 .740 22–3 15–10 15–3
x-Houston Rockets 31 19 .620 6 19–6 12–13 12–9
x-Minnesota Timberwolves 25 25 .500 12 18–7 7–18 11–9
Dallas Mavericks 19 31 .380 18 15–10 4–21 8–12
Denver Nuggets 14 36 .280 23 12–13 2–23 5–16
Vancouver Grizzlies 8 42 .160 29 7–18 1–24 3–18
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-San Antonio Spurs 37 13 .740
2 y-Portland Trail Blazers 35 15 .700 2
3 x-Utah Jazz 37 13 .740
4 x-Los Angeles Lakers 31 19 .620 6
5 x-Houston Rockets 31 19 .620 6
6 x-Sacramento Kings 27 23 .540 10
7 x-Phoenix Suns 27 23 .540 10
8 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 25 25 .500 12
9 Seattle SuperSonics 25 25 .500 12
10 Golden State Warriors 21 29 .420 16
11 Dallas Mavericks 19 31 .380 18
12 Denver Nuggets 14 36 .280 23
13 Los Angeles Clippers 9 41 .180 28
14 Vancouver Grizzlies 8 42 .160 29


z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Minnesota Timberwolves: Spurs win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 9): San Antonio 99, Minnesota 86
  • Game 2 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 11): Minnesota 80, San Antonio 71
  • Game 3 @ Target Center, Minneapolis (May 13): San Antonio 85, Minnesota 71
  • Game 4 @ Target Center, Minneapolis (May 15): San Antonio 92, Minnesota 85

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Spurs and Timberwolves.

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (4) Los Angeles Lakers: Spurs win series 4-0

  • Game 1 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 17): San Antonio 87, Los Angeles 81
  • Game 2 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 19): San Antonio 79, Los Angeles 76
  • Game 3 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (May 22): San Antonio 103, Los Angeles 91
  • Game 4 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (May 23): San Antonio 118, Los Angeles 107

Last Playoff Meeting: 1995 Western Conference Semifinals (San Antonio won 4-2)

West Conference Finals[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (2) Portland Trail Blazers: Spurs win series 4-0

  • Game 1 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 29): San Antonio 80, Portland 76
  • Game 2 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 31): San Antonio 86, Portland 85
  • Game 3 @ Rose Garden, Portland (June 4): San Antonio 85, Portland 63
  • Game 4 @ Rose Garden, Portland (June 6): San Antonio 94, Portland 80

Last Playoff Meeting: 1993 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 3-1)

Player stats[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

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Antonio Daniels 47 0 13.1 .454 .294 .754 1.1 2.3 .64 .13 4.7
Tim Duncan 50 50 39.3 .495 .143 .690 11.4 2.4 .90 2.52 21.7
Mario Elie 47 37 27.5 .471 .374 .866 2.9 1.9 .98 .26 9.7
Sean Elliott 50 50 30.2 .410 .328 .757 4.3 2.3 .52 .34 11.2
Andrew Gaze 19 0 3.1 .320 .313 .000 .3 .3 .11 .05 1.1
Jaren Jackson 47 13 18.3 .380 .361 .821 2.1 1.0 .87 .19 6.4
Avery Johnson 50 50 33.4 .473 .083 .568 2.4 7.4 1.02 .22 9.7
Steve Kerr 44 0 16.7 .391 .313 .886 1.0 1.1 .52 .07 4.4
Jerome Kersey 45 0 15.5 .340 .214 .429 2.9 .9 .82 .31 3.2
Gerard King 19 0 3.3 .429 .000 .611 .7 .2 .11 .05 1.2
Will Perdue 37 1 12.0 .633 .000 .538 3.7 .5 .24 .27 2.4
David Robinson 49 49 31.7 .509 .000 .658 10.0 2.1 1.41 2.43 15.8
Malik Rose 47 0 12.9 .463 .000 .671 3.9 .6 .85 .47 6.0
Brandon Williams 3 0 1.3 .000 .000 .500 .3 .0 .00 .00 .7

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Antonio Daniels 15 0 7.1 .429 .667 .833 .7 1.1 .27 .00 1.8
Tim Duncan 17 17 43.1 .511 .000 .748 11.5 2.8 .76 2.65 23.2
Mario Elie 17 17 30.9 .384 .267 .837 3.5 2.9 1.29 .12 7.9
Sean Elliott 17 17 33.8 .444 .400 .763 3.4 2.6 .53 .24 11.9
Jaren Jackson 17 0 20.3 .382 .360 .692 2.4 1.1 .76 .00 8.2
Avery Johnson 17 17 38.4 .487 .333 .681 2.5 7.4 1.18 .06 12.6
Steve Kerr 11 0 8.8 .267 .231 .833 .8 .7 .18 .00 2.2
Jerome Kersey 14 0 10.9 .349 .250 .714 2.1 .3 .43 .07 2.6
Gerard King 8 0 1.8 .500 .000 .000 .5 .1 .00 .12 .5
Will Perdue 12 0 7.2 .545 .000 .500 2.3 .0 .00 .08 1.1
David Robinson 17 17 35.3 .483 .000 .722 9.9 2.5 1.65 2.35 15.6
Malik Rose 17 0 11.4 .368 .000 .692 2.3 .2 .41 .24 2.7

NBA finals[edit]

This final saw some firsts for both the Spurs and the opposing New York Knicks.

The Spurs:

  • Became the first former ABA team to play and win in an NBA Finals.
  • Attracted record crowds for the two games at the Alamodome. Attendance was 39,514 for Game 1 and 39,554 for Game 2 (the largest crowd to see an NBA Finals game).
  • Steve Kerr became the first non-Celtic to win four straight championships, as he won titles with the Bulls from 1996 to 1998.

The Knicks became the first (and to this date, the only) 8th seed to ever play in an NBA Finals.

Summary[edit]

The following scoring summary is written in a line score format, except that the quarter numbers are replaced by game numbers.

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Wins
San Antonio (West) 89 80 81 96 78 4
New York (East) 77 67 89 89 77 1

Schedule[edit]

  • Game 1 - June 16, Wednesday @San Antonio, San Antonio 89, New York 77: San Antonio leads series 1-0
  • Game 2 - June 18, Friday @San Antonio, San Antonio 80, New York 67: San Antonio leads series 2-0
  • Game 3 - June 21, Monday @New York, New York 89, San Antonio 81: San Antonio leads series 2-1
  • Game 4 - June 23, Wednesday @New York, San Antonio 96, New York 89: San Antonio leads series 3-1
  • Game 5 - June 25, Friday @New York, San Antonio 78, New York 77: San Antonio wins series 4-1

The Finals were played using a 2-3-2 site format, where the first two and last two games are held at the team with home court advantage. The NBA, after experimenting in the early years, restored this original format for the Finals in 1985. So far, the other playoff series are still running on a 2-2-1-1-1 site format.

San Antonio Spurs roster[edit]

Head Coach: Gregg Popovich
Tim Duncan | David Robinson | Sean Elliott | Mario Elie | Avery Johnson | Jaren Jackson | Malik Rose | Antonio Daniels | Steve Kerr | Jerome Kersey | Will Perdue | Gerard King | Andrew Gaze | Brandon Williams |

Award winners[edit]

  • Tim Duncan, Center, All-NBA First Team
  • Tim Duncan, Center, All-NBA Defensive First Team
  • Tim Duncan, Center, NBA Finals MVP

References[edit]