Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs and Most Underappreciated NBA Dynasties Ever

May 15th, 2012 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »
Some schools of thought hold that there really aren't any dynasties outside of the legendary teams fielded by the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls. No other franchise has matched their title volume or repeated success in consecutive seasons.

The San Antonio Spurs pose an interesting case study whenever questions arise as to the constitutive elements of a properly defined dynasty.

Under Gregg Popovich's watch, Tim Duncan and his rotating supporting cast have claimed four championships since 1999. Despite never having secured back-to-back titles, no team in the four major professional team sports has had a better winning percentage during that span.

Of course, Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls won three consecutive championships on two separate occasions, and the most recent manifestation of a Lakers' dynasty has five rings to show for its efforts (along with a sixth trip to the NBA Finals).

Given this recent history of lofty accomplishments, it's not hard to understand why the Spurs and their smaller-market sensibilities are sometimes left out of the discussion.

Nevertheless, it may be time to lower the bar for ...

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