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June 25, 1999 - The San Antonio Spurs 1999 NBA championship run began 12 years prior when David Robinson was selected No. 1 overall in the 1987 NBA Draft. As the team's cornerstone, Robinson led the Spurs to the biggest turnaround in NBA history as a rookie and propelled the team to seven consecutive playoff appearances. Disaster appeared to strike for the franchise early in the 1996-97 campaign when Robinson went down with a season-ending injury just before Christmas. The hits kept on coming as key components Sean Elliott, Charles Smith, and Chuck Person all played 39 games or less, culminating in a 20-62 record. On the heels of the worst record in franchise history, the Spurs drew the No. 1 pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. Enter Tim Duncan. After running away with the Rookie of the Year award in 1998, Duncan set his eyes on a bigger prize. Duncan dominated the 1999 postseason, averaging 23.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks, leading the Spurs to a 15-2 run that culminated in San Antonio winning the first NBA championship in franchise history. As it happens, this was the start of a dynasty, with the Spurs winning five NBA championships between 1999 and 2014.

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