Rockets GM Daryl Morey reacts to crazy Spurs stat
Since the turn of the century, the San Antonio Spurs have been one of the league’s most consistent teams. The team has made the playoffs in 21 consecutive seasons, and are on track to extend that streak this year. During that span, the franchise took home five championships.
Those numbers already paint a picture of success. However, Ethan Strauss of The Athletic noticed an even more insane stat during the Spurs’ Thursday victory over the Golden State Warriors: since the 1997-98 season, the team has spent only 65 days with a losing record.
Second place? The Houston Rockets, with a whopping 1,007 days spent under .500.
Strauss’s Tweet of the statistic went viral, and even earned attention from one of the Rockets’ top executives — General Manager Darly Morey.
Just winning the Texas state basketball championship gives you a pretty good chance to win the NBA title https://t.co/NHOkv007rU
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) March 19, 2019
Morey is referring to the incredibly competitive nature of basketball in Texas. While best known for being a football state, Texas is still very passionate about basketball and features plenty of talent — from high school to the pros.
At 42-29, the Spurs currently hold the fifth seed in the Western Conference. They are all but guaranteed to make the postseason once again, as ESPN’s BPI Playoff Odds give them a greater than 99.9% chance of doing so. Their 22 consecutive playoff appearances would tie the all-time record set by the Philadelphia 76ers from 1950-71.
San Antonio’s most recent title came in 2013-14. However, according to ESPN, they have just a 0.5% chance of winning the championship this year.