How The Spurs Were Constructed

Earlier today, we looked at the Eastern Conference's representative in the Finals, noting that the Heat's roster is made up primarily of trade acquisitions and free agent signings. While Norris Cole was obtained in a draft-day trade, Dwyane Wade is essentially the only other player on the roster who has been with the Heat since he was drafted by them.

That's not the case for the Spurs, who drafted seven of the 15 players on their roster, including their three longest-tenured stars, and acquired another important contributor in a draft-day deal. Here's a look at how San Antonio constructed its roster, in chronological order:

Tim Duncan
Drafted with the first overall pick in 1997. Signed multiple contracts since then, most recently inking a three-year deal in July 2012.

Manu Ginobili
Drafted with the 57th overall pick in 1999. Remained overseas until 2002/03. Signed multiple contracts since then, most recently inking a three-year extension in April 2010.

Tony Parker
Drafted with the 28th overall pick in 2001. Signed multiple contracts since then, most recently inking a four-year extension in October 2010.

Matt Bonner
Acquired from the Raptors with Eric Williams and a second-round pick in exchange for Rasho Nesterovic (June 21, 2006). Signed multiple contracts since then, most recently inking a four-year deal in July 2010.

Tiago Splitter
Drafted with the 28th overall pick in 2007. Remained overseas until 2010/11.

DeJuan Blair
Drafted with the 37th overall pick in 2009.

Nando De Colo
Drafted with the 53rd overall pick in 2009. Remained overseas until 2012/13.

Gary Neal
Signed a three-year deal as a free agent (July 22, 2010).

Danny Green
Signed a two-year deal as a free agent (March 15, 2011). Re-signed on a three-year deal in July 2012.

Kawhi Leonard
Acquired from the Pacers with Davis Bertans and Erazem Lorbek in exchange for George Hill (June 23, 2011).

Cory Joseph
Drafted with the 29th overall pick in 2011.

Boris Diaw
Signed a one-year deal as a free agent (March 23, 2012). Re-signed on a two-year deal in July 2012.

Patrick Mills
Signed a two-year deal as a free agent (March 27, 2012). Declined his player option and re-signed on a two-year deal in July 2012.

Aron Baynes
Signed a two-year deal as a free agent (January 23, 2013).

Tracy McGrady
Signed a one-year deal as a free agent (April 16, 2013).

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One thought on “How The Spurs Were Constructed

  1. Rick Yuhnke

    The management of the Spurs looks for people who fit a system, not necessarily the best players. That works.

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