Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Where do the Spurs rank among dynasties?
By ESPN Stats & Information
Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy.
Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish.
Bill Russell, John Havlicek and Sam Jones.
Those are the clubhouse leaders in the “best trios in NBA history” debate.
The formula to enter that debate? Three Hall of Famers, multiple NBA titles and longevity.
Let’s add Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to that conversation.
Duncan, Parker and Ginobili are the first trio on a team other than the Celtics or Lakers to reach the NBA Finals four times together, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Duncan, Parker and Ginobili have recorded 98 postseason wins together, the second-most in NBA history by a trio, according to Elias. Only Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper (110) have more.
After winning three titles together but not reaching the NBA Finals since 2007, Duncan, Parker and Ginobili are the only trio in NBA history to win multiple titles and then experience a drought of at least five seasons before making it back to the Finals.
Duncan won his first title in 1999. When he takes the court in the NBA Finals, his 13-year gap between his first and last Finals appearance will be the longest in NBA history among players that played for the same team when they made those appearances.
Duncan and head coach Gregg Popovich have recorded 129 wins together, the most by a player-coach duo in NBA history.
Parker is at the top of his game
Parker scored a team-high 14 points inside the paint in Game 4 on 7-of-8 shooting. Despite being listed at 6-foot-2, Parker led the Spurs with 40 points inside the paint in the series.
Parker’s 37 points in game 4 are tied for the third-most in a road win to clinch a Conference Finals series in the last 50 years. Only Michael Jordan and Abdul-Jabbar have scored more during that span.
Duncan still has it
Duncan was the primary reason why Zach Randolph had trouble scoring in the Conference Finals. As the primary defender, Duncan held Randolph to 5-of-17 shooting (29 percent) and 0.58 points per play. Randolph averaged one point per play in the first two series this postseason.
If the Spurs win the NBA Finals, Duncan would join John Salley as the only players in history to win a title in three different decades. Salley won with the Pistons in 1989 and 1990, the Bulls in 1996 and the Lakers in 2000.