2016–17 San Antonio Spurs season
The 2016–17 San Antonio Spurs season was the franchise's 50th season, its 44th season in the San Antonio area, and its 41st in the National Basketball Association (NBA). This season was the team's first without longtime team cornerstone Tim Duncan since 1996–97; Duncan retired from the NBA on July 11, 2016 as a 5-time champion and the first NBA player ever to win championships in 3 straight decades. With the elimination of the NHL (National Hockey League)'s Detroit Red Wings from the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs on March 28, 2017, the Spurs—with 20 consecutive NBA Playoffs appearances—held the longest active playoff streak in any of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.
|2016–17 San Antonio Spurs season|
|Head coach||Gregg Popovich|
|General manager||R. C. Buford|
|Place||Division: 1st (Southwest)|
Conference: 2nd (Western)
|Playoff finish||Western Conference Finals|
(Lost to Warriors 0–4)
|Television||Fox Sports Southwest, KENS HD, CW 35|
Despite Duncan no longer on the team, the Spurs finished the regular season with a 61–21 record, securing the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs. In the first round of the playoffs, the Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in six games. In the Western Conference Semifinals, they defeated the Houston Rockets in six games. In the Western Conference Finals, the Spurs were swept by the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors in four games. This was San Antonio's first time being swept in the playoffs since the 2010 Western Conference Semifinals, when they were defeated by the Steve Nash-led Phoenix Suns. The Spurs were also close to rematching the defending NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals for the first time since 2007.
As of 2019, this is the only time in the post-Tim Duncan era that the Spurs advanced past the First Round of the Western Conference Playoffs.
On March 8, with a 114–104 win over the Sacramento Kings the Spurs extended their league record for consecutive 50+ win seasons to 18 straight.
On April 4, with a 95–89(OT) win over the Memphis Grizzlies the Spurs secured their first back to back 60+ win seasons in team history.
The San Antonio Spurs were eliminated 4-0 by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
|Round||Pick||Player||Position||Nationality||School / club team|
|1||29||Dejounte Murray||PG||United States||Washington|
|2016–17 San Antonio Spurs roster|
|y – San Antonio Spurs||61||21||.744||0.0||31–10||30–11||11–5||82|
|x – Houston Rockets||55||27||.671||6.0||30–11||25–16||10–6||82|
|x – Memphis Grizzlies||43||39||.524||18.0||24–17||19–22||8–8||82|
|New Orleans Pelicans||34||48||.415||27.0||21–20||13–28||6–10||82|
|1||z – Golden State Warriors *||67||15||.817||–||82|
|2||y – San Antonio Spurs *||61||21||.744||6.0||82|
|3||x – Houston Rockets||55||27||.671||12.0||82|
|4||x – Los Angeles Clippers||51||31||.622||16.0||82|
|5||y – Utah Jazz *||51||31||.622||16.0||82|
|6||x – Oklahoma City Thunder||47||35||.573||20.0||82|
|7||x – Memphis Grizzlies||43||39||.524||24.0||82|
|8||x – Portland Trail Blazers||41||41||.500||26.0||82|
|10||New Orleans Pelicans||34||48||.415||33.0||82|
|14||Los Angeles Lakers||26||56||.317||41.0||82|
|2016 pre-season game log|
Total: 4–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 2–1)
Pre-season: 4–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 2–1)
|2016–17 season schedule|
|2017 playoff game log|
Total: 8–8 (Home: 5–3; Road: 3–5)
First Round: 4–2 (Home: 3–0; Road: 1–2)
Conference Semifinals: 4–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 2–1)
Conference Finals: 0–4 (Home: 0–2; Road: 0–2)
|2017 playoff schedule|
|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|
|July 8, 2016
||To San Antonio Spurs
Draft rights to Olivier Hanlan
|To Utah Jazz|
|Manu Ginóbili||1-year contract worth $14 million|
|Pau Gasol||2-year contract worth $30 million||Chicago Bulls|
|Dewayne Dedmon||2-year contract worth $6 million||Orlando Magic|
|Dāvis Bertāns||2-year contract worth $1.5 million||Saski Baskonia|
|Bryn Forbes||2-year contract worth $1.5 million||Michigan State Spartans|
|David Lee||2-year contract worth $3.2 million||Dallas Mavericks|
|Player||Reason left||New team|
|David West||1-year contract worth $1.5 million||Golden State Warriors|
|Boban Marjanović||3-year contract worth $21 million||Detroit Pistons|
- "Duncan calls it a career, retires after 19 seasons". nba.com. July 11, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
- "Spurs select Dejounte Murray in first round of 2016 NBA draft". nba.com/spurs. June 23, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
- "San Antonio signs first round pick Dejounte Murray". nba.com/spurs. July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
- "San Antonio trade Boris Diaw to Utah". nba.com/spurs. July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
- "Spurs re-sign Manu Ginóbili". nba.com/spurs. July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
- "Spurs sign Pau Gasol". nba.com/spurs. July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
- "San Antonio signs Dewayne Dedmon". nba.com/spurs. July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
- "San Antonio signs Davis Bertans". nba.com/spurs. July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
- "Spurs sign Bryn Forbes". nba.com/spurs. July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
- "Spurs sign David Lee". nba.com/spurs. August 2, 2016. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
- "Warriors sign free agent forward David West". nba.com/warriors. July 9, 2016. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
- "Tim Duncan announces retirement". nba.com/spurs. July 11, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
- "Detroit Pistons sign free agent Boban Marjanovic". nba.com/pistons. July 12, 2016. Retrieved July 12, 2016.