1987–88 San Antonio Spurs season

The 1987–88 NBA season was the Spurs' 12th season in the NBA and 21st season as a franchise. The season saw the team draft future All-Star and 2-time NBA Champion David Robinson with the first pick in the 1987 NBA Draft, but due to his Naval service, he did not join the team until 1989.

Despite inconsistent basketball all year, the Spurs made the playoffs with a low 31–51 record. However, a sweep to the eventual champion Lakers ended the season for the Spurs. Alvin Robertson was selected for the 1988 NBA All-Star Game.

Draft picks


Roster listing
1987–88 San Antonio Spurs roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
PF33Anderson, Cadillac6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)230 lb (104 kg)1964-06-22Houston
SF6Berry, Walter6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)215 lb (98 kg)1964-05-14St. John's
C43Brickowski, Frank6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)240 lb (109 kg)1959-08-14Penn State
PG24Dawkins, Johnny6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)165 lb (75 kg)1963-09-28Duke
PF10Greenwood, Dave6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)222 lb (101 kg)1957-05-27UCLA
C35Guðmundsson, Pétur7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)260 lb (118 kg)1958-10-30Washington
SF34Mitchell, Mike6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)215 lb (98 kg)1956-01-01Auburn
SG9Myers, Pete6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)180 lb (82 kg)1958-03-03Arkansas–Little Rock
PF32Nealy, Ed6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)238 lb (108 kg)1960-02-19Kansas State
C40Nimphius, Kurt6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)218 lb (99 kg)1958-03-13Arizona State
SF42Rellford, Richard6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)230 lb (104 kg)1964-02-16Michigan
SG21Robertson, Alvin6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)185 lb (84 kg)1962-07-22Arkansas
PG20Sundvold, Jon6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)170 lb (77 kg)1961-07-02Missouri
PG15Wilson, Ricky6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)195 lb (88 kg)1964-07-16George Mason
C41Zevenbergen, Phil6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)230 lb (104 kg)1964-04-13Washington
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Last transaction: April 18, 1988

Regular season

Season standings

z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents

Game log

Regular season

1987–88 game log
Total: 31-51 (Home: 23-18; Road: 8-33)
1987–88 schedule


1988 playoff game log
1987–88 schedule


West First Round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) San Antonio Spurs: Lakers win series 3-0

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (April 29): Los Angeles 122, San Antonio 110
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 1): Los Angeles 130, San Antonio 112
  • Game 3 @ HemisFair Arena, San Antonio (May 3): Los Angeles 109, San Antonio 107

Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-0)

Player statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field-goal percentage 3P% 3-point field-goal percentage FT% Free-throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game



Awards and records


See also

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