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1994–95 San Antonio Spurs season

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.

1994–95 San Antonio Spurs season
Division champions
Head coachBob Hill
General managerGregg Popovich
Owner(s)Peter Holt
ArenaAlamodome
Results
Record62–20 (.756)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finishConference Finals
(Lost to Rockets 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKABB
Prime Sports Southwest
RadioWOAI
< 1993–94 1995–96 >

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, which would surpassed 12 seasons later by the 2005-06 squad (63-19), then 11 seasons later by the 2015-16 team (67-15). 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 5th-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in six games. However, in the Western Conference Finals, they would lose to the 6th-seeded Houston Rockets in six games.[3]

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.[4] 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.

Contents

Draft picksEdit

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

RosterEdit

San Antonio Spurs roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SG 40   Anderson, Willie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Georgia
PF 34   Cummings, Terry 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) DePaul
SG 15   Del Negro, Vinny 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) North Carolina State
PG 1   Eisley, Howard 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 177 lb (80 kg) Boston College
SF 32   Elliott, Sean 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Arizona
PF 54   Haley, Jack 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) UCLA
PG 6   Johnson, Avery 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Southern
C 2   Malone, Moses   6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Petersburg HS (VA)
C 00   Nwosu, Julius 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Liberty
SF 45   Person, Chuck 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Auburn
PF 7   Reid, J. R. 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 247 lb (112 kg) North Carolina
PG 25   Rivers, Doc 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Marquette
C 50   Robinson, David 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Navy
PF 10   Rodman, Dennis 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) SE Oklahoma State
PG 20   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

Roster

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

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 RodmanEdit

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. opponentsEdit

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 logEdit

PlayoffsEdit

West First RoundEdit

(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 SemifinalsEdit

(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 FinalsEdit

(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 statisticsEdit

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

SeasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Willie Anderson 38 11 14.6 .469 .158 .732 1.4 1.4 0.7 0.3 4.9
Corey Crowder 7 0 4.1 .200 .000 .333 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.9
Terry Cummings 76 20 16.8 .483 .585 5.0 0.8 0.5 0.3 6.8
Vinny Del Negro 75 71 31.5 .486 .407 .790 2.6 3.0 0.8 0.2 12.5
Howard Eisley 15 0 3.7 .176 .200 0.4 1.2 0.0 0.1 0.5
Sean Elliott 81 81 35.3 .468 .408 .807 3.5 2.5 1.0 0.5 18.1
Jack Haley 31 0 3.8 .426 .000 .656 0.9 0.1 0.1 0.2 2.4
Avery Johnson 82 82 36.7 .519 .136 .685 2.5 8.2 1.4 0.2 13.4
Moses Malone 17 0 8.8 .371 .500 .688 2.7 0.4 0.1 0.2 2.9
Julius Nwosu 23 0 3.7 .321 .765 1.0 0.1 0.0 0.1 1.3
Chuck Person 81 1 25.1 .423 .387 .647 3.2 1.3 0.6 0.1 10.8
J.R. Reid 81 37 19.3 .508 .500 .687 4.9 0.7 0.7 0.4 7.0
Doc Rivers 60 0 15.7 .360 .344 .732 1.7 2.6 1.0 0.4 5.0
David Robinson 81 81 38.0 .530 .300 .774 10.8 2.9 1.7 3.2 27.6
Dennis Rodman 49 26 32.0 .571 .000 .676 16.8 2.0 0.6 0.5 7.1
Chris Whitney 25 0 7.2 .298 .158 1.000 0.5 1.1 0.2 0.0 1.7

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Willie Anderson 11 0 8.8 .450 .000 .667 1.1 0.9 0.5 0.0 1.8
Terry Cummings 15 2 9.0 .375 .000 .733 2.1 0.3 0.3 0.1 3.9
Vinny Del Negro 15 15 25.5 .432 .450 .833 2.1 2.5 0.5 0.1 8.7
Sean Elliott 15 15 38.3 .435 .364 .776 4.8 2.7 0.7 0.5 17.3
Jack Haley 4 0 3.3 .143 .500 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.8
Avery Johnson 15 15 38.3 .517 .000 .621 2.1 8.3 1.3 0.4 14.5
Julius Nwosu 2 0 3.5 .000 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Chuck Person 15 0 17.2 .351 .289 .727 1.8 0.5 0.3 0.5 5.0
J.R. Reid 15 1 13.9 .492 .846 2.8 0.6 0.5 0.3 6.1
Doc Rivers 15 0 21.2 .389 .370 .839 1.9 1.6 0.9 0.6 7.8
David Robinson 15 15 41.5 .446 .200 .812 12.1 3.1 1.5 2.6 25.3
Dennis Rodman 14 12 32.8 .542 .000 .571 14.8 1.3 0.9 0.0 8.9

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1994–95 San Antonio Spurs
  2. ^ "BASKETBALL; Rodman Suspended by Spurs". New York Times. November 2, 1994. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  3. ^ "1995 N.B.A. PLAYOFFS;Rockets Do Homework And Return To Finals". New York Times. June 2, 1995. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Unhappy Rodman Is Dealt From Spurs to the Bulls". New York Times. October 3, 1995.