During a 13 year stretch, the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks went to the NBA Finals as the Western Conference champion six times. The other seven trips were the Los Angeles Lakers. The Spurs and Mavericks are both anchored by a superstar at power forward.
Tim Duncan is in his 17th season with the Spurs, while Dirk Nowitzki is in his 16th season with the Mavericks. The two are going to square off again and Nowitzki had praise for Duncan.
“Yeah, I wish I had his four or five championships, however many he’s got,” Nowitzki said, via Dallas Morning News. “He was unstoppable. He’s probably the best power forward ever to play this game. He’s definitely up there.
“But he had it all. He had the pick and pop to like 15-, 16-foot. He could finish in the lane with either hand. Defensively he’s a monster, so he was the best there was.”
The Spurs and Duncan added another trip to the NBA Finals last season but lost to the Miami Heat. It was the first and only time Duncan has lost when reaching the NBA Finals.