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San Antonio Spurs vs. last 25 NBA champions

We simulate the 2013-14 Spurs head-to-head against every NBA champion from the past 25 years

WhatIfSports.com
June 18, 2014

Using our NBA simulation engine, we placed the 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs in a round-robin tournament featuring every NBA champion from the past 25 years. Every team in the tournament played every other team 51 times. The simulation generated each team's winning percentage (Win %) and average points per game (PPG).

To simulate these games or any other theoretical matchups of your choosing, try the WhatIfSports.com NBA SimMatchup tool.

The Spurs dispatched the vaunted Miami Heat in five games to claim the 2014 Larry O'Brien Trophy. The championship is a sweet one for the Spurs after falling just short of a title in 2013, losing to the Heat in a dramatic seven-game series.

This is just another feather in the cap for the sterling careers of Tim Duncan and coach Greg Popovich. The Spurs have won 50 or more games during each of Duncan's 17 seasons, with the exception of the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, during which the Spurs captured their first championship. Popovich has roamed the sidelines for the duration of Duncan's career and the duo have captured five NBA championships.

Instrumental in four of those title runs, including the most recent, were Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Parker led the Spurs in points and assists during the 2013-14 season, while Ginobili captained the second unit in a sixth-man role he's embraced over the years. It was Kawhi Leonard though, the Spurs' 22-year-old wing, who earned Finals MVP honors with averages of 23.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in the series' final three games.

The Spurs have a few significant items looming in the offseason. Will Duncan retire or stick around for at least one more season? Will free agents Boris Diaw and Patty Mills remain in the fold or take their careers elsewhere? Before these questions can be answered, WhatIfSports.com has one more challenge for the Spurs. Using our NBA simulation engine, we "played" a round-robin tournament featuring the 2013-14 Spurs and every NBA champion of the last 25 years. Check out how the Spurs fared:

2013-14 San Antonio Spurs vs. Last 25 NBA Champions
RankTeamWin %PPGSimulate vs. Spurs
12012-13 Miami Heat66.4101.8SimMatchup >
21996-97 Chicago Bulls61.897.9SimMatchup >
31995-96 Chicago Bulls61.599.6SimMatchup >
42006-07 San Antonio Spurs58.797.9SimMatchup >
51991-92 Chicago Bulls58.7103.3SimMatchup >
62013-14 San Antonio Spurs57.8101.3NBA Champions!
72008-09 Los Angeles Lakers57.0101.3SimMatchup >
81990-91 Chicago Bulls54.6103.7SimMatchup >
92007-08 Boston Celtics54.597.9SimMatchup >
101994-95 Houston Rockets54.3104.3SimMatchup >
111992-93 Chicago Bulls53.6100.8SimMatchup >
122004-05 San Antonio Spurs53.495.6SimMatchup >
132011-12 Miami Heat53.399.0SimMatchup >
141999-00 Los Angeles Lakers50.098.4SimMatchup >
152005-06 Miami Heat48.7101.1SimMatchup >
162000-01 Los Angeles Lakers48.2101.3SimMatchup >
172001-02 Los Angeles Lakers47.6100.1SimMatchup >
182010-11 Dallas Mavericks43.9100.9SimMatchup >
191989-90 Detroit Pistons43.399.7SimMatchup >
202009-10 Los Angeles Lakers41.697.3SimMatchup >
212002-03 San Antonio Spurs41.595.5SimMatchup >
221997-98 Chicago Bulls41.195.1SimMatchup >
231998-99 San Antonio Spurs41.095.3SimMatchup >
241988-89 Detroit Pistons39.1102.8SimMatchup >
251993-94 Houston Rockets36.199.8SimMatchup >
262003-04 Detroit Pistons32.295.0SimMatchup >
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Jake Westrich is the Digital Content Coordinator for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jwestrich@whatifsports.com.

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