Founded in 1967 as the Dallas Chaparrals, the San Antonio Spurs began life as a part of the American Basketball Association and are one of only four teams that merged into the National Basketball Association along with New Jersey Nets, the Indiana Pacers and the Denver Nuggets.
In 41 NBA seasons, the Spurs have won 20-Division Titles (most in the NBA during that time span) and since 1976, made the playoffs every season but four (83-84, 86-87, 88-89 and 1996-97). Since the arrival of Tim Duncan in 1997, the Spurs have not missed the playoffs.
The team has won five NBA Championships (98-99, 02-03, 04-05, 06-07 and most recently 2013-14) which is more than any franchise except the Celtics, the Lakers and the Bulls. They are 5-1 in NBA Finals.
Since Wake Forest Product Tim Duncan took the court for the Silver and Black, the Spurs have won five championships. The team has had four Hall of Fame players on their rosters; George “The Iceman” Gervin, Moses Malone, Dominique Wilkins and David “The Admiral” Robinson. They have retired only 7 player jerseys in team existence. They are Johnny Moore (00), Avery Johnson (6), Bruce Bowen (12), James Silas (13), Sean Elliott (32), George Gervin (44) and David Robinson (50).
After bowing out in the first round of the 2014-15 Playoffs, the Spurs took the summer to regroup then came out roaring. After landing LaMarcus Aldridge, the biggest free agent prize to hit the market in years, Spurs Legend Bruce Bowen un-retired his Jersey, giving his signature #12 to him. The Spurs also landed lauded veteran David West away from Golden State. The Spurs arena, the AT&T Center, then underwent a $110 million renovation and the Spurs unveiled new jerseys.
With the influx in newness to the franchise, many bright days are ahead for the Silver and Black.