2018–19 San Antonio Spurs season
The 2018–19 San Antonio Spurs season was the 52nd season of the franchise, 43rd in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 46th in the San Antonio area. The Spurs clinched another playoff season on March 30th. It was the Spurs' 22nd consecutive playoff appearance, as the Spurs haven't missed the playoffs since the 1996-97 season. In the playoffs, the Spurs lost to the Denver Nuggets in the First Round in seven games.
|2018–19 San Antonio Spurs season|
|Head coach||Gregg Popovich|
|General manager||R. C. Buford|
|Place||Division: 2nd (Southwest)|
Conference: 7th (Western)
|Playoff finish||First Round|
(Lost to Nuggets 3–4)
|Television||Fox Sports Southwest, KENS, KMYS|
This is the first season since the 2000–01 season in which point guard Tony Parker is not on the team. After 17 years with the Spurs, he signed with the Charlotte Hornets in the off-season. It is also the first season since the 2001–02 season without Manu Ginóbili on the team who retired on August 27, 2018, officially ending what was the Spurs' "Big Three" era. The departures of Parker, Danny Green, and Kawhi Leonard, and the retirement of Ginóbili, leaves Patty Mills as the longest tenured Spur on the roster, also joining Marco Belinelli as the last remaining players from the 2014 championship season on the roster. The last season the Spurs were without the trio of Duncan, Parker, or Ginóbili was 1996–97, which was also coach Gregg Popovich's rookie season and so far the Spurs' last losing season.
After sitting out the majority of last season due to injury, this is also the first season since the 2010–11 season without Kawhi Leonard on the roster as he was traded alongside Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Pöltl, and a 2019 protected first round pick on July 18, 2018. The trade would ultimately help the Spurs produce yet another winning season for the franchise.
|Round||Pick||Player||Position||Nationality||School / club team|
|1||18||Lonnie Walker||SG||United States||Miami|
|2||49||Chimezie Metu||PF||United States||USC|
|2018–19 San Antonio Spurs roster|
|y – Houston Rockets||53||29||.646||0.0||31–10||22–19||10–6||82|
|x – San Antonio Spurs||48||34||.585||5.0||32–9||16–25||10–6||82|
|New Orleans Pelicans||33||49||.402||20.0||19–22||14–27||8–8||82|
|1||c – Golden State Warriors *||57||25||.695||–||82|
|2||y – Denver Nuggets *||54||28||.659||3.0||82|
|3||x – Portland Trail Blazers||53||29||.646||4.0||82|
|4||y – Houston Rockets *||53||29||.646||4.0||82|
|5||x – Utah Jazz||50||32||.610||7.0||82|
|6||x – Oklahoma City Thunder||49||33||.598||8.0||82|
|7||x – San Antonio Spurs||48||34||.585||9.0||82|
|8||x – Los Angeles Clippers||48||34||.585||9.0||82|
|10||Los Angeles Lakers||37||45||.451||20.0||82|
|13||New Orleans Pelicans||33||49||.402||24.0||82|
|2018 preseason game log|
Total: 3–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–1)
Preseason: 3–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–1)
|2018–19 season schedule|
|2019 playoff game log|
First round: 3–4 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–3)
|2019 playoff schedule|
|July 18, 2018||To San Antonio Spurs
2019 protected Toronto first-round pick
|To Toronto Raptors|
|Dāvis Bertāns||4-year contract worth $14.5 million|
|Rudy Gay||1-year contract worth $10 million|
|Bryn Forbes||2-year contract worth $6 million|
|Marco Belinelli||2-year contract worth $12 million||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Dante Cunningham||1-year contract worth $2.5 million||Brooklyn Nets|
|Quincy Pondexter||1-year contract worth $2.1 million||Chicago Bulls|
|Player||Reason left||New team|
|Joffrey Lauvergne||Unrestricted free agent||Fenerbahçe Beko|
|Kyle Anderson||Restricted free agent||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Tony Parker||Unrestricted free agent||Charlotte Hornets|
|Brandon Paul||Waived||Zhejiang Golden Bulls|
- Schad, Matt (August 27, 2018). "Manu Ginobili announces retirement". NBA.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
- "2018 San Antonio Spurs Preseason Schedule". basketball.realgm.com.
- "SAN ANTONIO SPURS ANNOUNCE 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE". nba.com/spurs.
- "SPURS OBTAIN DEMAR DEROZAN, JAKOB POELTL AND FIRST ROUND PICK FROM RAPTORS IN EXCHANGE FOR KAWHI LEONARD AND DANNY GREEN". NBA.com. July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
- "SPURS RE-SIGN DAVIS BERTANS". NBA.com/spurs. July 11, 2018. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
- "SPURS RE-SIGN RUDY GAY". NBA.com/spurs. July 11, 2018. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
- "SPURS RE-SIGN BRYN FORBES". NBA.com/spurs. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
- "SPURS SIGN MARCO BELINELLI". NBA.com/spurs. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
- "SPURS SIGN DANTE CUNNINGHAM". NBA.com/spurs. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
- "SPURS SIGN QUINCY PONDEXTER". NBA.com. August 29, 2018. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
- "Joffrey Lauvergne joins Fenerbahce Dogus". fenerbahce.org. July 4, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
- "Memphis Grizzlies sign Kyle Anderson to multi-year contract". NBA.com. July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
- "Hornets Sign Free-Agent Guard Tony Parker". NBA.com. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
- "SPURS WAIVE BRANDON PAUL". NBA.com. July 31, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.