2017–18 San Antonio Spurs season
|2017–18 San Antonio Spurs season|
|Head coach||Gregg Popovich|
|General manager||R. C. Buford|
|Place||Division: 3rd (Southwest)|
Conference: 7th (Western)
|Playoff finish||First Round|
(Lost to Warriors 1–4)
|Television||Fox Sports Southwest, KENS HD, CW 35|
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 requested a trade out of San Antonio, and on July 18, 2018, was traded to the Toronto Raptors, along with Danny Green. 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, Parker 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.
|Round||Pick||Player||Position||Nationality||School / club team|
|1||29||Derrick White||PG||United States||Colorado|
|2||59||Jaron Blossomgame||SF||United States||Clemson|
|2017–18 San Antonio Spurs roster|
|z – Houston Rockets||65||17||.793||0.0||34–7||31–10||12–4||82|
|x – New Orleans Pelicans||48||34||.585||17.0||24–17||24–17||9–7||82|
|x – San Antonio Spurs||47||35||.573||18.0||33–8||14–27||9–7||82|
|1||z – Houston Rockets *||65||17||.793||–||82|
|2||y – Golden State Warriors *||58||24||.707||7.0||82|
|3||y – Portland Trail Blazers *||49||33||.598||16.0||82|
|4||x – Oklahoma City Thunder||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|5||x – Utah Jazz||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|6||x – New Orleans Pelicans||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|7||x – San Antonio Spurs||47||35||.573||18.0||82|
|8||x – Minnesota Timberwolves||47||35||.573||18.0||82|
|10||Los Angeles Clippers||42||40||.512||23.0||82|
|11||Los Angeles Lakers||35||47||.427||30.0||82|
|2017 pre-season game log|
Total: 3–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–1)
Pre-season: 3–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–1)
|2017–18 season schedule|
|2018 playoff game log|
Total: 1–4 (Home: 1–1; Road: 0–3)
First Round: 1–4 (Home: 1–1; Road: 0–3)
|2018 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|
|Pau Gasol||3-year contract worth $48 million|
|Patty Mills||4-year contract worth $50 million|
|Manu Ginóbili||2-year contract worth $5 million|
|Rudy Gay||2-year contract worth $17 million||Sacramento Kings|
|Brandon Paul||2-year contract worth $2.2 million||Anadolu Efes|
|Matt Costello||Two-way contract||Iowa Energy|
|Darrun Hilliard||Two-way contract||Detroit Pistons|
|Player||Reason left||New team|
|Jonathon Simmons||3-year contract worth $20 million||Orlando Magic|
|Dewayne Dedmon||2-year contract worth $14 million||Atlanta Hawks|
|Joel Anthony||Waived||San Lorenzo de Almagro|
- "Spurs re-sign Pau Gasol". NBA.com/spurs. July 24, 2017. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
- "Spurs re-sign Patty Mills". NBA.com/spurs. August 4, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
- "Spurs re-sign Manu Ginobili". NBA.com/spurs. August 24, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
- "Spurs sign Rudy Gay". NBA.com/spurs. July 6, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
- "Spurs sign Brandon Paul". NBA.com/spurs. July 14, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
- "Spurs sign Matt Costello to Two-way contract". NBA.com/spurs. July 24, 2017. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
- "Spurs sign Darrun Hilliard to Two-way contract". NBA.com/spurs. September 11, 2017. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
- "Magic sign free agent Jonathon Simmons". NBA.com/magic. July 15, 2017. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
- "Hawks sign big man Dewayne Dedmon". NBA.com/hawks. July 21, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017.