Where Does San Antonio Spurs' 2014 NBA Finals Team Rank Among Franchise's Best?

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Where Does San Antonio Spurs' 2014 NBA Finals Team Rank Among Franchise's Best?
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The San Antonio Spurs are a dynasty. 

After winning their fifth title of the Tim Duncan era, which began when he was made the No. 1 pick of the 1997 NBA draft, there's no doubt about that. Of course, this franchise has always been excellent, even before The Big Fundamental hopped on board. 

Going back to the days of the Dallas Chaparrals in the ABA, the Texas-based unit has missed the playoffs only five times since their inaugural season in 1967-68. Five. That's it. 

How many franchises can say that they've had as many titles as regular-season exits? Just the Spurs (five titles and five playoff misses), Boston Celtics (17 and 17) and Los Angeles Lakers (16 and six). 

Despite the constant postseason appearances, though, San Antonio has advanced to the NBA Finals only six times. And here's where plenty of organizations wish that "only" could be followed by claiming six appearances in the last round of the playoffs. 

Those are the squads we're ranking—the five title-winning bunches and the one that came up just short of holding up the Larry O'Brien Trophy. 

The 2013-14 group is the most recent. But is it the best? 

 

Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come from Basketball-Reference.com.

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