The San Antonio Spurs boast the highest winning percentage in league history, winning 62.2 percent of their total games since 1976. The Spurs have also had 19 consecutive winning seasons, making the playoffs in each of those years.
One of the teams envious of San Antonio's success is the Toronto Raptors. The Raps have competed in back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals, and are widely considered as the only team capable of beating the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Head coach Dwane Casey explained why the Spurs are envied by a lot of teams and how they became consistent winners.
“Your players are consistent and that’s the first thing.”
“You have Hall of Fame players who have been consistent over the years, that’s a tremendous help and Pop (Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich) will be the first one to tell you.”
“When you have David Robinson and then you hand it over to Tim Duncan and then to (Manu) Ginobili and then (Tony) Parker. Those guys are consistent, Their play calls have been the same, the plays have been the same so the continuity they have had has been unreal and Pop is a great coach but you put along with that the continuity and you know …”
The Raptors have a long way to go to even be in the same conversation with the Spurs, but seem to be on the right track under the mentor-ship of Dwane Casey. To continue their winning ways Toronto need to secure their core players and fill the gaps through strong draft classes.
It may seem easier said than done, but if the Spurs were able to do it, there's no reason for the Raptors not to believe that it will possible for them to replicate it.