If you scan over the top five San Antonio Spurs of the 2000’s, it is pretty easy to see why they were so successful for the entire decade. It all starts with the upper management and how they find players that are not just talented, but that fit perfectly into the Spurs system. Notice that the Spurs are different from almost every team in the NBA, because all of their top players and key role players come to the Spurs and stay there for their whole career or close to it at any rate. The familiarity with each other is probably the most undervalued part of why the Spurs are so successful. That, and they have one of the elite NBA coaches in Gregg Popovich. After the Lakers, the Spurs would have to be considered the best team of the 2000’s. They raked in three NBA championships and made the playoffs in all ten seasons. Here are the best five San Antonio Spurs from 2001-2010. (Only accomplishments and stats while playing for the San Antonio Spurs from 2000-2010 were considered.)
1. Tim Duncan
Not only is he the best San Antonio Spurs player of the 2000’s, but easily among the top 5 NBA players overall of the 2000’s. He might not sell a crap load of jerseys outside of the San Antonio area, but give the big man his due. He is one of the best big men in the history of the NBA. He has not only put up great numbers, but has been able to propel his team to three championships in the 2000’s. He won back-to-back NBA MVP Awards in 2002 and 2003.
2. Tony Parker
He might be more known as a household name because he is Mr. Eva Longoria, but even without the fact he married the gorgeous actress, Parker does not need to become desperate to get attention in the NBA. The native of France has become one of the better point guards in the league, and is always mentioned among the best players when it comes to driving to the hoop.
3. Manu Ginobili
Ginobili is that part of the puzzle where once you get it, the rest of the pieces finally fall into place. Duncan is the superstar of the Spurs, and Parker is the director, but without Ginobili, the Spurs would’ve just had a great team in the 2000’s, that was so close to the championship, but couldn’t quite get a hold of it.
4. Bruce Bowen
Every championship-caliber team needs solid role players; guys that know they could play a bigger role on a lesser team, but instead sacrifice to be on a contender. The difference between having these guys and not is the difference in going to the playoffs and winning the championship. Bowen is a perfect example of such a player. He has two major strengths, defense and three-point shooting. The rest of the things he defers to the stars of the team.
5. David Robinson
Robinson was the man in San Antonio in the 90’s. In the 2000’s, though, he gave you to the future, one Mr. Tim Duncan. Robinson only played three seasons in the 2000’s. Not only did he supply the Spurs with good rebounding and defense, but also took Duncan under his wing and helped him mature into the player he is now.