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2010–11 San Antonio Spurs season

The 2010–11 San Antonio Spurs season was the 44th season of the franchise, 38th in San Antonio and 35th in the National Basketball Association (NBA).


  • Key dates 1
  • Summary 2
    • Offseason 2.1
      • Draft 2.1.1
      • Free agency 2.1.2
    • Pre-season 2.2
    • Regular season 2.3
    • Playoffs 2.4
  • Roster 3
    • Depth chart 3.1
  • Pre-season 4
    • Game log 4.1
  • Regular season 5
    • Standings 5.1
    • Game log 5.2
  • Playoffs 6
    • Game log 6.1
  • Player statistics 7
    • Regular season 7.1
    • Playoffs 7.2
  • Awards, records and milestones 8
    • Awards 8.1
      • Week/Month 8.1.1
      • All-Star 8.1.2
      • Season 8.1.3
    • Records 8.2
    • Milestones 8.3
  • Injuries and surgeries 9
  • Transactions 10
    • Trades 10.1
    • Free agents 10.2
      • Additions 10.2.1
      • Subtractions 10.2.2
  • References 11

Key dates




The Spurs entered the Draft with their two original picks.[9] 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.[10] The Spurs went on to sign Anderson on July 23.[11]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/club team
1 20 Anderson, JamesJames Anderson Guard  United States Oklahoma State (Jr.)
2 49 Richards, RyanRyan Richards Forward  United Kingdom CB Gran Canaria (Spain) 1991

Free agency

Entering the offseason, four Spurs players were unrestricted free agents: Keith Bogans, Matt Bonner, Ian Mahinmi and Roger Mason.[12] Additionally, Richard Jefferson exercised the early termination option on the final year of his contract and he too became an unrestricted free agent.[13] Jefferson, however, re-signed with the Spurs to a less remunerative but longer deal shortly after.[14] The Spurs also re-signed Bonner, which was considered a top priority by general manager R.C. Buford,[15][16] while Bogans, Mahinmi and Mason signed with the Chicago Bulls, the Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks respectively.[12] 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.[17]


The Spurs announced the 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.[4] The Spurs also announced an addition to their coaching staff, as former Spurs player Jacque Vaughn was named an assistant coach.[18] Kirk Penney joined the training camp on September 28,[19] while Gardner was waived two days later, leaving the roster size unaffected.[20]

Regular season


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.


Depth chart

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Antonio McDyess DeJuan Blair
PF Tim Duncan Matt Bonner Tiago Splitter
SF Richard Jefferson Steve Novak Da'Sean Butler (NBA DL)
SG Manu Ginóbili Gary Neal James Anderson Danny Green
PG Tony Parker George Hill Chris Quinn


Game log

Regular season


Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
c-San Antonio Spurs 61 21 .744 36–5 25–16 10–6
x-Dallas Mavericks 57 25 .695 4 29–12 28–13 8–8
x-New Orleans Hornets 46 36 .561 15 28–13 18–23 9–7
x-Memphis Grizzlies 46 36 .561 15 30–11 16–25 8–8
Houston Rockets 43 39 .524 18 25–16 18–23 5–11
# Western Conference
1 c-San Antonio Spurs 61 21 .744
2 x-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695 4
3 y-Dallas Mavericks 57 25 .695 4
4 y-Oklahoma City Thunder 55 27 .671 6
5 x-Denver Nuggets 50 32 .610 11
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 48 34 .585 13
7 x-New Orleans Hornets 46 36 .561 15
8 x-Memphis Grizzlies 46 36 .561 15
9 Houston Rockets 43 39 .524 18
10 Phoenix Suns 40 42 .488 21
11 Utah Jazz 39 43 .476 22
12 Golden State Warriors 36 46 .439 25
13 Los Angeles Clippers 32 50 .390 29
14 Sacramento Kings 24 58 .293 37
15 Minnesota Timberwolves 17 65 .207 44

Game log


Game log

Player statistics

Regular season


Awards, records and milestones






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



Free agents


Player Signed Former Team
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
Ime Udoka Waived


  1. ^ "2010 NBA Draft".  
  2. ^ "2010 Free Agency explained". ( 
  3. ^ "2010 Spurs Summer League team".  
  4. ^ a b "Spurs announce training camp roster". ( 
  5. ^ Chris Duncan (October 7, 2010). "Spurs fall to Rockets". ( 
  6. ^ "Duncan, Ginobili push Spurs past Pacers in opener". ( 
  7. ^ "All-Star 2011".  
  8. ^ "2011 trade dealine tracker".  
  9. ^ "2010 NBA Draft order". ( 
  10. ^ "Spurs select Anderson and Richards in 2010 NBA Draft". ( 
  11. ^ "Spurs Sign 2010 Draft Pick James Anderson". ( 
  12. ^ a b "2010 free agent tracker".  
  13. ^ "Spurs' Jefferson opts out of contract, becomes free agent". ( 
  14. ^ "Jefferson back with Spurs after opting out of deal". ( 
  15. ^ "Spurs re-sign forward Matt Bonner". ( 
  16. ^ Trey Kerby (July 14, 2010). "Matt Bonner inks deal with Spurs, looks to spend it all on meat".  
  17. ^ "Spurs sign Gary Neal". ( 
  18. ^ "Spurs add Jacque Vaughn to coaching staff". ( 
  19. ^ "Spurs add Kirk Penney to training camp roster". ( 
  20. ^ "Spurs waive Thomas Gardner". ( 
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