We simulate the 2013-14 Spurs head-to-head against every NBA champion from the past 25 years
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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).
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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
|Rank||Team||Win %||PPG||Simulate vs. Spurs|
|1||2012-13 Miami Heat||66.4||101.8||SimMatchup >|
|2||1996-97 Chicago Bulls||61.8||97.9||SimMatchup >|
|3||1995-96 Chicago Bulls||61.5||99.6||SimMatchup >|
|4||2006-07 San Antonio Spurs||58.7||97.9||SimMatchup >|
|5||1991-92 Chicago Bulls||58.7||103.3||SimMatchup >|
|6||2013-14 San Antonio Spurs||57.8||101.3||NBA Champions!|
|7||2008-09 Los Angeles Lakers||57.0||101.3||SimMatchup >|
|8||1990-91 Chicago Bulls||54.6||103.7||SimMatchup >|
|9||2007-08 Boston Celtics||54.5||97.9||SimMatchup >|
|10||1994-95 Houston Rockets||54.3||104.3||SimMatchup >|
|11||1992-93 Chicago Bulls||53.6||100.8||SimMatchup >|
|12||2004-05 San Antonio Spurs||53.4||95.6||SimMatchup >|
|13||2011-12 Miami Heat||53.3||99.0||SimMatchup >|
|14||1999-00 Los Angeles Lakers||50.0||98.4||SimMatchup >|
|15||2005-06 Miami Heat||48.7||101.1||SimMatchup >|
|16||2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers||48.2||101.3||SimMatchup >|
|17||2001-02 Los Angeles Lakers||47.6||100.1||SimMatchup >|
|18||2010-11 Dallas Mavericks||43.9||100.9||SimMatchup >|
|19||1989-90 Detroit Pistons||43.3||99.7||SimMatchup >|
|20||2009-10 Los Angeles Lakers||41.6||97.3||SimMatchup >|
|21||2002-03 San Antonio Spurs||41.5||95.5||SimMatchup >|
|22||1997-98 Chicago Bulls||41.1||95.1||SimMatchup >|
|23||1998-99 San Antonio Spurs||41.0||95.3||SimMatchup >|
|24||1988-89 Detroit Pistons||39.1||102.8||SimMatchup >|
|25||1993-94 Houston Rockets||36.1||99.8||SimMatchup >|
|26||2003-04 Detroit Pistons||32.2||95.0||SimMatchup >|
Jake Westrich is the Digital Content Coordinator for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.