2017–18 San Antonio Spurs season

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2017–18 San Antonio Spurs season
Head coachGregg Popovich
General managerR. C. Buford
Owner(s)Peter Holt
ArenaAT&T Center
Results
Record47–35 (.573)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Southwest)
Conference: 7th (Western)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to Warriors 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Southwest, KENS HD, CW 35
Radio1200 WOAI
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The 2017–18 San Antonio Spurs season was the 51st season of the franchise, 42nd in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 45th in the San Antonio area.

On March 10, 2018, the Spurs finished with a losing season on the road for the first time since 1997 after a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but with a win against the Washington Wizards on March 21, 2018, the Spurs clinched an NBA record 21st consecutive winning season. With a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on April 3, 2018, the streak of 20 straight seasons of 50 wins or more (and 20 straight seasons with a record of .600 or better) ended for the Spurs. The streak lasted since the 1997–98 season, which also was the first year of the Tim Duncan era, not counting the shortened lockout season, also the year they won their first championship title. Despite that, the Spurs clinched their 21st consecutive playoff spot on April 9, 2018 with a win over the Sacramento Kings in their last home game of the season. They finished the regular season with 47–35, which clinched the 7th seed. In the playoffs, the Spurs faced the second seeded and eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors, the team that swept them in last season's Western Conference Finals, in the First Round, and lost in five games.

Kawhi Leonard played a career-low nine games this year due to a quad injury. Tragedy struck the team during the playoffs when head coach Gregg Popovich's wife Erin died. Assistant Ettore Messina took over for the rest of the season. After the end of the season, Leonard demanded he be traded out of San Antonio, claiming lost trust in them in relation to his injury concerns. On July 16, 2018, despite actually wanting to join LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers instead, Kawhi was traded to the Toronto Raptors. The Spurs were also named as a possible destination for several free agent star players, such as Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, and Kyrie Irving.

This was also both Tony Parker and Manu Ginóbili's last seasons with Spurs. After 17 years with the team, he signed a two-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets, which left Manu Ginobili as the only active member of the Spurs' "Big Three" left at that time. On August 27, 2018, Ginobili announced his retirement after 16 seasons, all with the Spurs. Ginobili was the second-oldest active player in the league at the time of his retirement, behind only the Atlanta Hawks' Vince Carter. This marked the official end of the Spurs' "Big Three" era. The trio helped the Spurs win 4 championships, their latest being in 2014.

Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School / club team
1 29 Derrick White PG  United States Colorado
2 59 Jaron Blossomgame SF  United States Clemson

Roster[edit]

2017–18 San Antonio Spurs roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 12 Aldridge, LaMarcus 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 260 lb (118 kg) 1985–07–19 Texas
F 1 Anderson, Kyle 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1993–09–20 UCLA
F 42 Bertāns, Dāvis 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1992–11–12 Latvia
F/C 10 Costello, Matt (TW) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1993–08–05 Michigan State
G 11 Forbes, Bryn 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1993–07–23 Michigan State
C 16 Gasol, Pau 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1980–07–06 Spain
F 22 Gay, Rudy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1986–08–17 Connecticut
G 20 Ginóbili, Manu (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1977–07–28 Argentina
G/F 14 Green, Danny 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1987–06–22 North Carolina
G 24 Hilliard, Darrun (TW) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1993–04–13 Villanova
C 77 Lauvergne, Joffrey 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 260 lb (118 kg) 1991–09–30 INSEP (FRA)
F 2 Leonard, Kawhi Injured (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1991–06–29 San Diego State
G 8 Mills, Patty 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1988–08–11 Saint Mary's
G 5 Murray, Dejounte 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996–09–19 Washington
G 9 Parker, Tony (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1982–05–17 INSEP (FRA)
G 3 Paul, Brandon 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1991–04–30 Illinois
G 4 White, Derrick 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1994–07–02 Colorado
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2018–04–12

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
zHouston Rockets 65 17 .793 0.0 34–7 31–10 12–4 82
xNew Orleans Pelicans 48 34 .585 17.0 24–17 24–17 9–7 82
xSan Antonio Spurs 47 35 .573 18.0 33–8 14–27 9–7 82
Dallas Mavericks 24 58 .293 41.0 15–26 9–32 5–11 82
Memphis Grizzlies 22 60 .268 43.0 16–25 6–35 5–11 82


Conference[edit]

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zHouston Rockets * 65 17 .793 82
2 yGolden State Warriors * 58 24 .707 7.0 82
3 yPortland Trail Blazers * 49 33 .598 16.0 82
4 xOklahoma City Thunder 48 34 .585 17.0 82
5 xUtah Jazz 48 34 .585 17.0 82
6 xNew Orleans Pelicans 48 34 .585 17.0 82
7 xSan Antonio Spurs 47 35 .573 18.0 82
8 xMinnesota Timberwolves 47 35 .573 18.0 82
9 Denver Nuggets 46 36 .561 19.0 82
10 Los Angeles Clippers 42 40 .512 23.0 82
11 Los Angeles Lakers 35 47 .427 30.0 82
12 Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 38.0 82
13 Dallas Mavericks 24 58 .293 41.0 82
14 Memphis Grizzlies 22 60 .268 43.0 82
15 Phoenix Suns 21 61 .256 44.0 82

Game log[edit]

Preseason[edit]

2017 pre-season game log
Total: 3–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–1)
2017–18 season schedule

Regular season[edit]

2017–18 game log
Total: 47–35 (Home: 33–8; Road: 14–27)
2017–18 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

2018 playoff game log
Total: 1–4 (Home: 1–1; Road: 0–3)
2018 playoff schedule

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  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
LaMarcus Aldridge 75 75 33.5 .510 .293 .837 8.5 2.0 .6 1.2 23.1
Kyle Anderson 74 67 26.7 .527 .333 .712 5.4 2.7 1.6 .8 7.9
Davis Bertans 77 10 14.1 .440 .373 .816 2.0 1.0 .3 .4 5.9
Matt Costello 4 0 8.0 .500 . . 2.3 .5 .5 .5 1.0
Bryn Forbes 80 12 19.0 .421 .390 .667 1.4 1.0 .4 .0 6.9
Pau Gasol 77 63 23.5 .458 .358 .756 8.0 3.1 .3 1.0 10.1
Rudy Gay 57 6 21.6 .471 .314 .772 5.1 1.3 .8 .7 11.5
Manu Ginóbili 65 0 20.0 .434 .333 .840 2.2 2.5 .7 .2 8.9
Danny Green 70 60 25.6 .387 .363 .769 3.6 1.6 .9 1.1 8.6
Darrun Hilliard 14 0 6.8 .263 .000 .857 .5 .8 .1 .0 1.1
Joffrey Lauvergne 55 1 9.7 .516 .000 .638 3.1 .7 .2 .1 4.1
Kawhi Leonard 9 9 23.3 .468 .314 .816 4.7 2.3 2.0 1.0 16.2
Patty Mills 82 36 25.7 .411 .372 .890 1.9 2.8 .7 .1 10.0
Dejounte Murray 81 48 21.5 .443 .265 .709 5.7 2.9 1.2 .4 8.1
Tony Parker 55 21 19.5 .459 .270 .705 1.7 3.5 .5 .0 7.7
Brandon Paul 64 2 9.0 .433 .278 .512 1.1 .6 .4 .1 2.3
Derrick White 17 0 8.2 .485 .615 .700 1.5 .5 .2 .2 3.2


Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
LaMarcus Aldridge 5 5 35.4 .463 .600 .976 9.3 2.4 .4 1.2 23.6
Kyle Anderson 5 1 14.6 .600 .000 .750 2.6 .6 1.2 .2 5.4
Davis Bertans 5 0 16.4 .167 .188 .727 2.2 1.2 .4 .0 3.4
Bryn Forbes 4 0 13.5 .294 .222 .714 .8 .5 .0 .0 4.3
Pau Gasol 5 0 18.0 .500 .333 .900 4.8 2.8 .0 .2 6.0
Rudy Gay 5 4 32.0 .400 .222 .556 5.6 2.2 1.6 .2 12.2
Manu Ginóbili 5 0 21.4 .405 .333 .818 3.0 3.2 1.4 .2 9.0
Danny Green 5 5 20.6 .267 .363 . 2.2 .2 .2 .8 4.2
Joffrey Lauvergne 1 0 6.0 1.000 . . 1.0 .0 .0 .0 2.0
Patty Mills 5 5 33.0 .439 .371 .800 2.0 2.6 .6 .2 13.4
Dejounte Murray 5 5 19.2 .452 .667 .778 4.2 1.8 1.0 .4 7.8
Tony Parker 5 0 13.4 .378 .000 .714 .8 1.2 .4 .0 6.6
Brandon Paul 1 0 3.0 . . . 1.0 1.0 .0 .0 .0
Derrick White 3 0 6.0 .500 .500 . .0 .3 .3 .7 2.3

Transactions[edit]

Free agency[edit]

Re-signed[edit]

Player Signed
Pau Gasol[1] 3-year contract worth $48 million
Patty Mills[2] 4-year contract worth $50 million
Manu Ginóbili[3] 2-year contract worth $5 million

Additions[edit]

Player Signed Former team
Rudy Gay[4] 2-year contract worth $17 million Sacramento Kings
Brandon Paul[5] 2-year contract worth $2.2 million Turkey Anadolu Efes
Matt Costello[6] Two-way contract Iowa Energy
Darrun Hilliard[7] Two-way contract Detroit Pistons

Subtractions[edit]

Player Reason left New team
Jonathon Simmons[8] 3-year contract worth $20 million Orlando Magic
Dewayne Dedmon[9] 2-year contract worth $14 million Atlanta Hawks
Joel Anthony Waived Argentina San Lorenzo de Almagro

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spurs re-sign Pau Gasol". NBA.com/spurs. July 24, 2017. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "Spurs re-sign Patty Mills". NBA.com/spurs. August 4, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "Spurs re-sign Manu Ginobili". NBA.com/spurs. August 24, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  4. ^ "Spurs sign Rudy Gay". NBA.com/spurs. July 6, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "Spurs sign Brandon Paul". NBA.com/spurs. July 14, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Spurs sign Matt Costello to Two-way contract". NBA.com/spurs. July 24, 2017. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  7. ^ "Spurs sign Darrun Hilliard to Two-way contract". NBA.com/spurs. September 11, 2017. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  8. ^ "Magic sign free agent Jonathon Simmons". NBA.com/magic. July 15, 2017. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  9. ^ "Hawks sign big man Dewayne Dedmon". NBA.com/hawks. July 21, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017.