The Big Three

In the 1997 NBA Draft, Tim Duncan was selected by the Spurs as the first pick of that year’s Draft. A few years later in the 1999 draft Manu Ginobili was the Spurs second round pick. And again in 2001 Tony Parker was the Spurs 1st round pick. Little did Coach Pop know that these three players would go on to win 4 championships together. “The Big Three” was the trio of basketball players who played together for Spurs from 2002-2016. Each player of the Big Three was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs and played their entire NBA careers with the San Antonio Spurs. The Big Three won four NBA Championships during their time together in San Antonio, in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014. In what would end up being their last season together, the “Big Three” led the Spurs to a franchise-best 67-15 record and would earn the #2 seed in the Western Conference. The Spurs ended up sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round, but would lose a six-game series to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the conference semifinals. On July 11, 2016, Tim Duncan announced that he would retire from the NBA after a 19-year career, thus ending the “Big Three”. These three players are my some of my favorite players on the team, and have changed the face of the San Antonio Spurs forever.img24483125

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