|The Spurs pick at #34. They are represented by Trevin Wagener who selects: Lavor Postell, SG, 6'6", St. John's In the real draft, the Spurs pick #41 |
The 1999-2000 Spurs: Overcoming Adversity
Key Personnel Losses: Sean Elliott - Though they didn't lose him entirely, they still felt a loss. Elliott had suffered kidney troubles and needed a transplant. He came back in good spirits, but his game wasn't as strong. They missed his on-court presence throughout the season. Will Purdue - Signed with the Bulls on 8/25/99. Spurs missed his inside presence although he didn't show much of one with Chicago.
Key Personnel Gains: Terry Porter - Savvy vet who led by example, playing very well through out the season. He signed as a free agent from Miami on 8/05/99. Samaki Walker - Youthful Samaki Walker helped the front line a bit, and showed some potential when filling in for Tim Duncan during his injuries. Signed as a free agent from Dallas on 8/26/99.
I. Season Overview The defending champion Spurs had a topsy-turvy season . They finished strongly with a 53-29 season, but injuries took their toll on this team. They ended 2nd in the Midwest to Utah and advanced to the playoffs. They were 33-19 against Western Conference opponents, and had a 16-8 record within their division. They fared better at home with a 31-10 record, while on the road they finished with a 22-19 record. The Spurs faced the talented Phoenix Suns in 1st round of the playoffs, but could not regain the form of their championship run. With Tim Duncan ailing, they could not overcome the Suns. After tying the series 1-1, the Spurs fell twice, letting the Suns advance. The season saw the emergence of younger players such as