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Leonard, Aldridge named to All-NBA teams

Via Spurs PR:

The NBA today announced that San Antonio Spurs forwards Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge have both been named to the league’s All-NBA Teams. Leonard was selected to the All-NBA First Team, while Aldridge was selected to the All-NBA Third Team.

Leonard and Aldridge’s All-NBA honors mark the 19th consecutive season the Spurs have had a player named to an All-NBA Team. A Spur has now been named to an All-NBA Team 42 times in team history, which includes 20 First Team selections, 11 Second Team selections and 11 Third Team selections.

This season marks the eighth time in Spurs franchise history that two teammates have been named to All-NBA Teams in the same year. The last time was when Tim Duncan (First Team) and Parker (Second Team) were both selected in the 2012-13 season.

Leonard, the 2015 and 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, earns his first career All-NBA honor. In his first All-Star season this year, Leonard averaged a career-high 21.2 points to go along with 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.78 steals in 33.1 minutes while shooting .506 (551-1,090) from the floor, a personal-best .443 (129-291) from beyond the arc and .874 (292-334) from the free throw line. A member of this year’s All-Defensive First Team, Leonard was the only player in the NBA to average at least 20.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting over 50.0 percent from the floor and 40.0 percent from the three-point line this season. The fifth-year forward scored in double figures 70 times, including 44 games with at least 20 points, and led the team in scoring in 44 contests. The 2014 Finals MVP becomes just the fourth Spur in franchise history to be named to the All-NBA First Team, joining George Gervin, David Robinson and Tim Duncan.

Aldridge receives his fourth career All-NBA honor, including his third straight selection. He is one of only four players in the league to be named to the All-NBA Team in each of the last three seasons, along with LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Chris Paul. An All-Star in each of the last five straight seasons, Aldridge was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 2015 and the All-NBA Third Team in 2014 and 2011 while with Portland. The first-year Spur increased his scoring average in each month of the season and averaged 18.0 points, a team-best 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.09 blocks while shooting .513 (536-1045) from the field and a career-high .858 (259-302) from the free throw line. Aldridge is one just three players to score 1,000 points or more in each of the last nine seasons, along with Dwyane Wade and James.

Leonard and Aldridge helped lead the Spurs to a franchise-best 67-15 record this season, which included a 40-1 record in San Antonio that tied the 1985-86 Boston Celtics for the best home record in NBA history. The Silver and Black reached the playoffs for the 19th consecutive year, the longest active streak and fourth-best in league history.

Top 5 San Antonio Spurs Games of All-Time

Few teams in North American sports have been as steadily dominant as the San Antonio Spurs. Their 5-1 record in the NBA Finals is bested only by the Bulls, and their consistent core and “team-first” attitude makes them an annual playoff threat. Dynasties like the Spurs are one of the reasons betting on the NBA […]

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Offseason focus: Point guard

Among the many things made apparent in the aftermath of the San Antonio Spurs’ Western Conference semifinals loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder was a need for an athletic point guard capable of defending the current crop of explosive points in the league. A player that can also create his own shot will be even more […]

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Spurs participating in 2016 Utah Jazz Summer League

The San Antonio Spurs will be one of four teams participating in the Utah Jazz Summer League along with the Jazz, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics. The Jazz announced the full six-game schedule today. Monday, July 4 (Vivint Smart Home Arena) 5 p.m. – Boston vs. Philadelphia 7 p.m. – San Antonio vs. […]

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Forecasting the series: Spurs vs. Thunder

To get ready for the Western Conference semifinals, we polled our staff and media members on their predictions for the San Antonio Spurs’ series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Leave us your predictions in the comments or sound off on Twitter by tweeting @projectspurs. My prediction The Thunder pose a considerably larger threat than the […]

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Kawhi Leonard named 2015-16 Defensive Player of the Year

The NBA has announced that San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2015-16 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.  He received the most first place votes, 88, and 547 total points to make him the repeat winner, edging out the likes of Golden State’s Draymond Green and Miami’s Hassan Whiteside. Leonard is […]

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Spurs vs. Grizzlies series predictions

With Game 1 of the playoff series between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies kicking off tomorrow in San Antonio, I polled our staff and a few media members to get their predictions. As for my prediction, while a first round series with the Memphis Grizzlies brings up bad memories for Spurs fans, the […]

Spurs announce broadcast schedule for 1st round playoff series

 

Game 1 Sunday, April 17 Spurs vs. Grizzlies 7 PM FSSW
Game 2 TuesdayApril 19 Spurs vs. Grizzlies 8:30 PM FSSW
Game 3 FridayApril 22 Spurs at Grizzlies 8:30 PM FSSW
Game 4 SundayApril 24 Spurs at Grizzlies Noon ABC
Game 5* Tuesday, April 26 Spurs vs. Grizzlies TBD FSSW
Game 6* Thursday, April 28 Spurs at Grizzlies TBD FSSW
Game 7* Saturday, April 30 Spurs vs. Grizzlies TBD FSSW

*If necessary

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Five Bullet Friday: Emulating the Spurs

• What we’re reading Tom Ziller of SB Nation writes that it’s an impossible task to emulate the Spurs because they are constantly evolving and adapting. While other franchises genuflect before San Antonio’s dominance, they rarely cite specific tactics they want to borrow. Tanking to get a chance to draft Tim Duncan is one thing, but anyone […]

Injury Report 4/4/16

Boris Diaw (soreness, right adductor) is out for tomorrow’s Spurs-Jazz game. Diaw did not travel with the team and will miss all three games on San Antonio’s current road trip. – via Spurs PR.

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Five Bullet Friday: Leonard-Green rivalry and Boban’s big game

• What we’re reading San Antonio Spurs fans know well of the final push it took to get forward Kawhi Leonard the starting spot in the All-Star game, just edging out Golden State’s Draymond Green, but the rivalry may go a bit farther than that as Leonard also beat Green out for Defensive Player of […]

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So Much Boban

If you follow me on Twitter you know that I am a Boban enthusiast. Any time the 7-3 rookie steps on the court my eyes are glued to the TV, and so much Boban happened in last night’s blowout win over Miami. Let’s start with him knocking it down from the corner pre-game: Boban wants […]

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Five Bullet Friday: An underrated Robinson and the game to watch

• What we’re reading As part of 90s week on Hardwood Paroxysm, Jeremy Conlin talks about former Spur and Hall-of-Famer David Robinson being underrated and under-appreciated. David Robinson is way, way better than anyone cares to remember these days. He may be the most statistically unimpeachable player of the Jordan-and-since era other than Jordan. He’s […]

Peter Holt announces retirement

From Spurs press release:

Spurs Sports & Entertainment today announced that Peter M. Holt has retired as the organization’s Chairman and CEO and that Julianna Hawn Holt will assume both roles. Peter has held the position since 1996 when the Holts became the largest shareholder in San Antonio Spurs, LLC. Peter will remain on the organization’s board of managers and continue as part of the ownership group while Julianna will become the team’s Governor on the NBA’s Board of Governors.

“I’m proud of what we’ve achieved over the last two decades,” said Peter Holt. “The championships are wonderful, bringing new sports franchises to San Antonio is important but the biggest accomplishment for me will always be the impact we’ve had in our community. The pride, support and love that our city has for the Spurs is truly amazing.”

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Spurs officially sign Martin, waive Butler

The San Antonio Spurs announced today that they have officially signed guard Kevin Martin. Martin and the Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to a buyout just before last Tuesday’s deadline and the Spurs emerged as the favorites to land the 11-year veteran. Martin was used sparingly this season by the Wolves, starting in just 12 games and […]

Injury Report 3/8/16

Tim Duncan (rest), Manu Ginobili (rest) and Tony Parker (left toe contusion) are all out for tonight’s Spurs-Timberwolves game. – via Spurs PR.

Leonard named Western Conference Player of the Week

The NBA today announced that San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Feb. 29, through Sunday, March 6. This is Leonard’s second time receiving the honor, both during the 2015-16 season. Leonard averaged 27.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.67 steals in 37.3 minutes as the Spurs went 3-0 for the week, extending their win streak to eight games. – via Spurs PR.

Injury Report – 3/4/16

Manu Ginobili (surgical recovery) is probable for tomorrow’s Spurs-Kings game. Ginobili, who has missed the past 12 games, originally suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Spurs-Pelicans game on Feb. 3. – Per Spurs PR.

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