They were the ones that paved the way for the greatness that is the San Antonio Spurs. The guys who took the first of five NBA Championships to the Alamo City. 1999 was a magical year for the city of San Antonio. From Sean Elliott's Memorial Day Miracle, to AJ sealing it in New York with the 12 foot baseline jumper, if you're a Spurs fan you remember every minute of that playoff run. Now, 15 years later, lets take a look at the players who started it all and see where they are in 2014.
Daniels played 47 games for the silver and black in the 98-99 season where he averaged about 13 mpg with 4.7 ppg and 2.3 ast. He played with the Spurs until 2002 and was a journey man until 2010 where he saw his last playing time in the NBA. He now lives in San Antonio, is seen at Spurs' playoff games, and local restaurants. He made a few appearances in the NBA D-League and now works for ESPN Radio in San Antonio.
Sophomore Power Forward, Tim Duncan, started all 50 games of the 1999 lockout season. he averaged 21.7 ppg, and 11.4 rpg. Duncan ended the run as the Finals MVP and began what has become the career of the best Power Forward to lace them up. Timmy is obviously still playing for the Spurs and just won his 5th NBA title. He is the only player on the current squad who was on the 1999 Championship team. In his spare time, Duncan runs a local custom car shop and recently appeared in "The Punisher" comic.
Elie came over to the Spurs from the Rockets. He played 47 games, starting in 37, and averaged 9.6 ppg. Elie, in my opinion, was the veteran that all NBA Championship teams need. He provided more on the clipboard and in the locker room than could have translated to the court. He's now an assistant for the Brooklyn Nets.
Elliott started all 50 games for the Spurs in the 98-99 season. He averaged 11.2 ppg and 4.3 rpg. Elliott is, to this day, most known by Spurs fans for his Memorial Day Miracle shot against the Portland Trailblazers in game one of the Western Conference Finals. On March 6, 2005, Elliott's number 32 jersey was retired at the AT&T Center. Elliott is now a color commentator for the Spurs and is well known for his quirky phrases, called "Seanisms" by fans.
Andrew Gaze saw very limited time with the Spurs and was ultimately left off the 1999 Playoff roster. He did receive a championship ring, however. Gaze is currently an expert commentator on NBL telecasts with Network Ten and One as well as co-hosting the NBL website's weekly podcast It Goes Off with Grantley Bernard. He is also a presenter on Channel Seven's Guide to the Good Life and on After the Bounce on Fox Footy. He was also inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2013 and joined his father as the only two Australians.
Jackson played in 47 games for the Spurs in 98-99 averaging 6.4 ppg and shot 36% from downtown. After retiring in 2002, Jackson had a few coaching stints in the NBL of Canada as well as the college level. In 2013, he was named the head coach of the Ottawa SkyHawks of the NBL of Canada.
Avery Johnson, known by fans as the "Little General," stared all 50 games for the Spurs in 98-99 averaging 9.4 ppg and 7.4 ast. AJ also hit the shot that sealed the 1999 Championship in game 5 of the NBA Finals. On December 22, 2007, AJ's number 6 jersey was retired and hung in the rafters of the AT&T Center. Since retiring, Johnson held a few coaching gigs with Dallas (taking them to the Finals in 2006, though they lost to the Miami Heat) and the Nets. He now makes appearances on ESPN as an NBA analyst.
Steve Kerr came over from the Bulls who had just finished their second three peat. He played in 44 games and averaged 4.4 ppg as well as shooting 31 percent from the beyond the arc. Kerr joined the team again in 03 for their second championship before retiring with five rings. After his playing days were over, Steve worked for TNT as a color commentator. On May 14, 2014, Kerr was named the head coach of the Golden State Warriors.
Kersey played in 45 games for San Antonio in 98-99 averaging 3.2 ppg and 2.9 rpg. Since retiring in 2001, Kersey bounced around a few coaching gigs. He now lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon, a suburb of Portland.
King only played 19 games with the Spurs in 98-99 averaging 1.2 ppg. He played two more seasons with the Wizards before retiring in 2001. King was inducted into the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Perdue played in 37 games for the silver and black in 98-99 averaging just 1.2 ppg. After retiring in 2001, Perdue went on the become a color analyst for ESPN Radio Chicago. He now works for ComCast Chicago and hosts the Bulls' pregame and post game shows.
Known as "The Admiral," David Robinson competed the Spurs' "Twin Towers." Robinson started 49 of 50 games for the Spurs averaging 15 ppg and 10 rpg. With Duncan handling the offensive brunt, David could focus more on defense averaging 2.4 blocks a game. Robinson won one more ring with that Spurs in 2003 before retiring. He now resides in San Antonio, is a minority owner of the Spurs, and is best known for his charitable work. In fact, there is an award named after Robinson presented to an NBA player recognizing them for their charitable actions. The Admiral is beloved by the city of San Antonio and always will be.
Rose played in 47 games in 1999 averaging 6 ppg and just under 4 rpg. Rose played for San Antonio for eight years from 97-05 and is reguarded as the ultimate hustle player. Since retiring in 2009, Malik has been featured as a color commentator for the Knicks, Austin Toros, and 76ers. He also owns "Malik's Philly's Phamous Cheesesteaks" in San Antonio where you can find authentic Philly favorites.
Williams only appeared in 18 games for his entire NBA career. In 1999, however, he was the first player to don the black mask that Lebron and Kobe later made famous. Williams is now the General Manager for the NBA D-League Delaware 87ers.