2010–11 San Antonio Spurs season
|2010–11 San Antonio Spurs season|
|Head coach||Gregg Popovich|
|General manager||R.C. Buford|
|Place||Division: 1st (Southwest)|
Conference: 1st (Western)
|Playoff finish||First Round|
(Lost to Grizzlies 2–4)
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In the playoffs, the Spurs lost to the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies in six games in the First Round, becoming the fourth number one seed in league history to lose a playoffs series against a number eight seed, following the Seattle SuperSonics in 1994, the Miami Heat in 1999, and the Dallas Mavericks in 2007.
- 1 Key dates
- 2 Summary
- 3 Roster
- 4 Pre-season
- 5 Regular season
- 6 Playoffs
- 7 Player statistics
- 8 Awards, records and milestones
- 9 Injuries and surgeries
- 10 Transactions
- 11 References
- June 24 – The 2010 NBA draft was held in New York City.
- July 1 – The free agency period started.
- July 12–18 – The Spurs took part in the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
- September 28 – The Spurs began their annual training camp at their practice facility.
- October 7 – The Spurs opened their preseason schedule with an 87–90 defeat in a road game against the Houston Rockets.
- October 28 – The Spurs won their regular season opening game at home versus the Indiana Pacers with a final score of 122–109.
- February 18–20 – The 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend took place in Los Angeles.
- February 24 – Trade deadline, 3 p.m. ET.
The Spurs entered the Draft with their two original picks, they used the 20th overall pick to select James Anderson, junior guard from Oklahoma State. Anderson had been named the Big 12 Player of the Year and a Second Team All-American by the Associated Press, averaging 22.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 33 games. With the 49th pick the Spurs chose Ryan Richards, a 6-11 forward from England; the Spurs went on to sign Anderson on July 23.
|1||20||James Anderson||Guard||United States||Oklahoma State (Jr.)|
|2||49||Ryan Richards||Forward||United Kingdom||CB Gran Canaria (Spain) 1991|
Entering the offseason, four Spurs players were unrestricted free agents: Keith Bogans, Matt Bonner, Ian Mahinmi and Roger Mason. Additionally, Richard Jefferson exercised the early termination option on the final year of his contract and he too became an unrestricted free agent. Jefferson, however, re-signed with the Spurs to a less remunerative but longer deal shortly after; the Spurs also re-signed Bonner, which was considered a top priority by general manager R.C. Buford, while Bogans, Mahinmi and Mason signed with the Chicago Bulls, the Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks respectively. Following his performances as a member of their Summer League squad in July, when he led the team in scoring, the Spurs signed free agent Gary Neal; the 6-6 guard had gone undrafted in the 2007 NBA draft and spent the next three season playing in Europe.
The Spurs announced their training camp roster on September 27, one day before the start of the training camp itself; the 18-man roster included the additions of Marcus Cousin, Thomas Gardner, Bobby Simmons and the Spurs 2008 draft pick James Gist. The Spurs also announced an addition to their coaching staff, as former Spurs player Jacque Vaughn was named an assistant coach. Kirk Penney joined the training camp on September 28, while Gardner was waived two days later, leaving the roster size unaffected.
After finishing the season as the #1 seed in the West, the San Antonio Spurs faced the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs. Little did everyone know how dangerous Memphis was in the postseason; the Spurs were forced to play game 1 without Manu Ginobili, as he sat out with a sprained elbow. As a result, Memphis won game 1, stealing home court advantage from the Spurs; the Spurs then rebounded in game 2 with a win. However, things deteriorated as the series shifted to Memphis for the Spurs, as the Grizzlies took both games 3 and 4, putting San Antonio on the brink of getting knocked out in the first round. Game 5 shifted back to San Antonio. A memorable moment for this game was when Gary Neal hit a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to end the game, forcing overtime, in which San Antonio got a needed win for game 5. However, game 6 went back to Memphis, and the Spurs faced their demise by being knocked in the first round in six games; this is the second time in NBA history that a #8 seed knocks off a #1 seed in a seven-game format.
San Antonio Spurs roster
|C||Antonio McDyess||DeJuan Blair|
|PF||Tim Duncan||Matt Bonner||Tiago Splitter|
|SF||Richard Jefferson||Ime Udoka||Da'Sean Butler (NBA DL)|
|SG||Manu Ginóbili||Gary Neal||James Anderson||Danny Green|
|PG||Tony Parker||George Hill||Chris Quinn|
|c-San Antonio Spurs||61||21||.744||–||36–5||25–16||10–6|
|x-New Orleans Hornets||46||36||.561||15||28–13||18–23||9–7|
|1||c-San Antonio Spurs||61||21||.744||–|
|2||y-Los Angeles Lakers||57||25||.695||4|
|4||y-Oklahoma City Thunder||55||27||.671||6|
|6||x-Portland Trail Blazers||48||34||.585||13|
|7||x-New Orleans Hornets||46||36||.561||15|
|12||Golden State Warriors||36||46||.439||25|
|13||Los Angeles Clippers||32||50||.390||29|
Record vs. opponents
|2010-11 NBA Records|
|2010–11 game log|
Total: 61–21 (Home: 36–5; Road: 25–16)
October: 1–1 (Home: 1–1; Road: 0–0)
November: 14–1 (Home: 6–1; Road: 8–0)
December: 13–2 (Home: 11–0; Road: 2–2)
January: 12–3 (Home: 7–0; Road: 5–3)
February: 9–3 (Home: 3–0; Road: 6–3)
March: 8–8 (Home: 5–3; Road: 3–5)
April: 4–3 (Home: 3–0; Road: 1–3)
|2010–11 season schedule|
|2011 playoff game log|
First round: 2–4 (Home: 2–1; Road: 0–3)
|2011 playoff schedule|
Awards, records and milestones
Player of the week/month
- Manu Ginóbili was voted as an NBA Western Conference All-Star reserve. (2nd appearance)
- Tim Duncan was voted as an NBA Western Conference All-Star reserve. (13th appearance)
- Manu Ginóbili was named to the All-NBA Third Team.
- Gary Neal was named to the All-Rookie First Team.
On November 19, when San Antonio beat the Utah Jazz to go 10–1, it marked the best start to a season in franchise history.
Injuries and surgeries
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|Richard Jefferson||Signed 4-year contract for $38 million||San Antonio Spurs|
|Matt Bonner||Signed 4-year contract||San Antonio Spurs|
|Tiago Splitter||Signed 3-year contract for $10 million||Saski Baskonia|
|Chris Quinn||Terms Undisclosed||New Jersey Nets|
|Danny Green||Terms Undisclosed||San Antonio Spurs|
|Da'Sean Butler||Terms Undisclosed||Miami Heat|
|Player||Reason Left||New Team|
|Ian Mahinmi||Free agent||Dallas Mavericks|
|Roger Mason, Jr.||Free agent||New York Knicks|
|Keith Bogans||Free agent||Chicago Bulls|
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