1994–95 San Antonio Spurs season

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1994–95 San Antonio Spurs season
Division Champions
Moses Malone's final season
Dennis Rodman's final season with the Spurs
Terry Cummings's final season with the Spurs
Head coach Bob Hill
General manager Gregg Popovich
Owner(s) Peter Holt
Arena Alamodome
Results
Record 62–20 (.756)
Place Division: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish West Finals
(eliminated 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Prime Sports Southwest, KABB
Radio KRIO
< 1993–94 1995–96 >

The 1994–95 NBA season was the Spurs' 19th season in the National Basketball Association, and 28th season as a franchise.[1] During the offseason, the Spurs hired Bob Hill as head coach, re-acquired Sean Elliott after playing one year with the Detroit Pistons, re-signed Avery Johnson after one season with the Golden State Warriors, and signed free agents Chuck Person and former All-Star Moses Malone. Early into the season, they signed free agent Doc Rivers, who was released by the New York Knicks.

With Dennis Rodman serving a suspension at the start of the season,[2] the Spurs struggled early in the season with a 7–9 start. However, they would soon go on a 15-game winning streak and win 21 of their final 23 games, finishing with the league's best record of 62–20. It was also their best regular season record in franchise history, surpassing the 56-win 1989–90 season. David Robinson was named Most Valuable Player of the Year. He was also selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game. In the first round of the playoffs, the Spurs swept the Denver Nuggets in three straight games. In the semifinals, they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. However, in the Western Conference Finals, they would lose to the 6th-seeded Houston Rockets in six games.

Following the season, the Spurs traded Rodman to the Chicago Bulls, no longer being able to handle the distractions that came along with the NBA's top rebounder.[3] Also following the season, Terry Cummings re-signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, Willie Anderson left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft, and Malone retired after playing 19 years in the NBA.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 22 Bill Curley Forward  United States Boston College

Roster[edit]

San Antonio Spurs roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SG 40 United States Anderson, Willie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Georgia
PF 34 United States Cummings, Terry 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) DePaul
SG 15 United States Del Negro, Vinny 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) North Carolina State
SF 32 United States Elliott, Sean 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Arizona
PF 54 United States Haley, Jack 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) UCLA
PG 6 United States Johnson, Avery 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Southern
C 2 United States Malone, Moses 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Petersburg HS (VA)
C 00 United States Nwosu, Julius 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Liberty
SF 45 United States Person, Chuck 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Auburn
PF 7 United States Reid, J. R. 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 247 lb (112 kg) North Carolina
PG 25 United States Rivers, Doc 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Marquette
C 50 United States Robinson, David 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Navy
PF 10 United States Rodman, Dennis 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) SE Oklahoma State
PG 20 United States Whitney, Chris 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 168 lb (76 kg) Clemson
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Roster

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 62 20 .756 33–8 29–12 20–6
x-Utah Jazz 60 22 .732 2 33–8 27–14 17–9
x-Houston Rockets 47 35 .573 15 25–16 22–19 13–13
x-Denver Nuggets 41 41 .500 21 23–18 18–23 13–13
Dallas Mavericks 36 46 .439 26 19–22 17–24 11–15
Minnesota Timberwolves 21 61 .256 41 13–28 8–33 4–22


Dennis Rodman[edit]

Dennis Rodman helped San Antonio to their then-franchise best win-loss record of 62-20, and they made it to the Western Conference finals. However, his increasingly erratic off-court life, including a brief but heavily-publicized relationship with singer Madonna, and on-court antics, such as dyeing his hair and starting on-court arguments resulted in him being released from his contract after only two years with the Spurs.

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1994-95 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 3–1 2–2 1–4 1–4 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–0 0–2 1–4 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–3 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–0
Boston 1–3 1–3 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 4–1 1–3 2–0 2–3 0–5 2–3 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–1
Charlotte 2–2 3–1 2–2 3–2 0–2 1–1 5–0 2–0 0–2 1–4 2–0 0–2 3–1 4–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1
Chicago 4–1 4–0 2–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–4 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–3 4–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2
Cleveland 4–1 2–2 2–3 3–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–3 4–0 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–1
Dallas 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–4 1–1 3–1 2–3 1–1 3–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 4–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–4 3–1 2–2 2–3 0–4 2–4 1–1
Denver 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–3 1–4 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 6–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 2–2 1–4 1–3 1–4 2–0
Detroit 2–3 1–3 0–5 0–5 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–3 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 4–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1
Golden State 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–4 0–2 3–2 3–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–2 1–4 0–5 1–3 1–4 2–2 2–0
Houston 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 4–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 3–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–5 0–4 2–3 2–0
Indiana 4–1 2–2 4–1 2–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–2 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 3–1
L.A. Clippers 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 2–3 1–3 0–2 2–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–4 0–5 1–4 0–4 0–5 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–3 4–0 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–4 2–3 3–2 1–3 4–1 2–2 2–0
Miami 2–2 1–4 1–3 1–3 3–1 2–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 4–0 1–1 1–3 1–4 1–3 1–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 4–1
Milwaukee 3–1 3–1 1–4 4–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 3–2 2–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1
Minnesota 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–4 0–6 1–1 3–1 2–3 0–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–5 0–4 1–4 1–1
New Jersey 0–4 3–2 1–3 2–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–4 2–2 2–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–3
New York 2–2 5–0 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 4–1 2–2 2–0 4–1 2–3 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–0
Orlando 3–1 3–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–2
Philadelphia 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–3 1–1 3–2 0–4 1–4 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–2
Phoenix 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–3 1–3 1–1 4–1 4–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 5–0 4–1 2–2 4–1 2–2 2–0
Portland 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 2–0 4–1 3–1 1–1 5–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–5 3–2 1–3 2–3 1–3 2–0
Sacramento 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 5–0 1–3 0–2 4–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–4 2–3 0–4 3–2 0–4 1–1
San Antonio 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 4–1 2–0 3–1 5–1 0–2 4–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 4–0 2–2 3–2 2–0
Seattle 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 4–1 4–0 1–1 5–0 1–4 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–4 3–2 2–3 2–2 1–3 2–0
Utah 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 4–2 4–1 2–0 2–2 3–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 4–0 2–3 3–1 2–0
Washington 0–4 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–0 0–2 1–4 1–3 1–1 3–2 0–4 2–3 2–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Denver Nuggets: Spurs win series 3-0

  • Game 1 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (April 28): San Antonio 104, Denver 88
  • Game 2 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (April 30): San Antonio 122, Denver 96
  • Game 3 @ McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (May 2): San Antonio 99, Denver 95

Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 3-0)

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (5) Los Angeles Lakers: Spurs win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 6): San Antonio 110, Los Angeles 94
  • Game 2 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 8): San Antonio 97, Los Angeles 90 (OT)
  • Game 3 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (May 12): Los Angeles 92, San Antonio 85
  • Game 4 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (May 14): San Antonio 80, Los Angeles 71
  • Game 5 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 16): Los Angeles 98, San Antonio 96 (OT)
  • Game 6 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (May 18): San Antonio 100, Los Angeles 88

Last Playoff Meeting: 1988 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-0)

West Conference Finals[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (6) Houston Rockets: Rockets win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 22): Houston 94, San Antonio 93
  • Game 2 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 24): Houston 106, San Antonio 96
  • Game 3 @ The Summit, Houston (May 26): San Antonio 107, Houston 102
  • Game 4 @ The Summit, Houston (May 28): San Antonio 103, Houston 81
  • Game 5 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 30): Houston 111, San Antonio 90
  • Game 6 @ The Summit, Houston (June 1): Houston 100, San Antonio 95

Last Playoff Meeting: 1981 Western Conference Semifinals (Houston won 4-2)

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
Corey Crowder
Terry Cummings
Vinny Del Negro
Howard Eisley
Sean Elliott
Jack Haley
Avery Johnson
Moses Malone
Julius Nwosu
Chuck Person
J.R. Reid
Doc Rivers
David Robinson
Dennis Rodman
Chris Whitney

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Willie Anderson
Terry Cummings
Vinny Del Negro
Sean Elliott
Jack Haley
Avery Johnson
Julius Nwosu
Chuck Person
J.R. Reid
Doc Rivers
David Robinson
Dennis Rodman

Awards and records[edit]

  • Dennis Rodman, All-NBA First Defensive Team
  • Dennis Rodman, All-NBA Third Team

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1994–95 San Antonio Spurs
  2. ^ "BASKETBALL; Rodman Suspended by Spurs". New York Times. November 2, 1994. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Unhappy Rodman Is Dealt From Spurs to the Bulls". New York Times. October 3, 1995.