2002–03 San Antonio Spurs season

The 2002–03 NBA season was the 36th season of the franchise, 30th in San Antonio, and 27th in the National Basketball Association.[failed verification] This was also the Spurs' first season playing at the SBC Center (now AT&T Center). During the offseason, the team signed free agent Kevin Willis, traded for Speedy Claxton and Steve Kerr, and welcomed Argentinian future star Manu Ginóbili (drafted by the team in 1999) for his first NBA season. The Spurs played strong basketball, posting a nine-game winning streak at midseason, then winning eleven straight games near the end of the season. The Spurs would win 60 games for only the second time in franchise history as they attempted to win a second title in longtime star David Robinson's final season. The season saw Tim Duncan earn his second consecutive NBA MVP Award, and appear in the 2003 NBA All-Star Game. Second-year guard Tony Parker showed improvement, averaging 15.5 points per game. Rookie Manu Ginóbili was named to the All-Rookie Second Team. This season marked the official beginning of the Big Three era, and the end of the Twin Towers era. The trio of Duncan, Parker, and Ginóbili would lead the Spurs to win 3 more championships (2005, 2007, and 2014).

In the first round of the playoffs, the Spurs defeated the Phoenix Suns after losing Game 1 in overtime, then defeated the defending three-time NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in the semifinals in six games. In the Western Conference Finals, they defeated the Dallas Mavericks to advance to the NBA Finals, where they beat the New Jersey Nets in six games and won their second championship. Following the season, Stephen Jackson signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Hawks, Steve Smith signed with the New Orleans Hornets, and Robinson and Danny Ferry retired. It was also Steve Kerr's last season as an NBA player.

For the season, the Spurs changed their logo, which remained in use until 2017.

Because of their dominant regular and postseason performance, as well as Duncan's individual achievements, this San Antonio Spurs team is widely regarded as one of the greatest teams in NBA history.

NBA Draft

Roster

Roster listing
San Antonio Spurs roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
C34ChinaBateer, Mengke6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)290 lb (132 kg)China
G12United StatesBowen, Bruce6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)200 lb (91 kg)Cal State Fullerton
G10United StatesClaxton, Speedy5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)166 lb (75 kg)Hofstra
F/C21United States Virgin IslandsDuncan, Tim6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)255 lb (116 kg)Wake Forest
F35United StatesFerry, Danny6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)235 lb (107 kg)Duke
G20ArgentinaGinóbili, Manu6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)200 lb (91 kg)Argentina
G/F3United StatesJackson, Stephen6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)220 lb (100 kg)Butler CC
G25United StatesKerr, Steve6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)175 lb (79 kg)Arizona
G9FranceParker, Tony6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)185 lb (84 kg)France
C50United StatesRobinson, David7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)235 lb (107 kg)Navy
F31United StatesRose, Malik6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)250 lb (113 kg)Drexel
G8United StatesSmith, Steve6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)200 lb (91 kg)Michigan State
F/C42United StatesWillis, Kevin7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)245 lb (111 kg)Michigan State
Head coach

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

Roster

Note

'Bold' = All-Star Selection

Regular season

Standings


Record vs. opponents

Game log

October

Record: 1–1; Home: 0–1; Road: 1–0

November

Record: 10–6; Home: 6–2; Road: 4–4

December

Record: 8–6; Home: 5–1; Road: 3–5

January

Record: 11–3; Home: 5–1; Road: 6–2

February

Record: 9–1; Home: 3–0; Road: 6–1

March

Record: 14–3; Home: 9–3; Road: 5–0

April

Record: 7–2; Home: 3–1; Road: 6–1

Playoffs

West First Round

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Phoenix Suns Last Playoff Meeting: 2000 Western Conference First Round (Phoenix won 3–2)

West Conference Semifinals

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (5) Los Angeles Lakers Last Playoff Meeting: 2002 Western Conference Semifinals (Lakers won 4–1)

West Conference Finals

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (3) Dallas Mavericks Last Playoff Meeting: 2001 Western Conference Semifinals (San Antonio won 4–1)

Player stats

Legend
  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

Regular season

Playoffs

NBA Finals

The Spurs visit the White House after their championship in 2003.

Summary

The following scoring summary is written in a line score format, except that the quarter numbers are replaced by game numbers.

TeamGame 1Game 2Game 3Game 4Game 5Game 6Wins
San Antonio (West)10185847693884
New Jersey (East)8987797783772

Schedule

Award winners

Transactions

Overview

Players Added

Via draft

Via trade

Via free agency

Players Lost

Via trade

Via free agency

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