VIDEO: LaMarcus Aldridge talks with GameTime about joining the Spurs
By Jeff Case
Ever since ESPN The Magazine started doing its Ultimate Team rankings of every professional sports team in North America back in 2003, the San Antonio Spurs have never finished lower than 9th (2009). After winning the NBA title in 2013-14, they were picked No. 1 by ESPN The Magazine and have followed that up with another No. 1 ranking in the latest edition.
This story explains the process the magazine’s staff goes through in ranking each squad and, to us, it sounds pretty arduous. But, in short the ranking process is based on the following critera:
Affordability (11.3%): Price of tickets, parking and concessions
Coaching (3.2%): Strength of on-field leadership
Fan Relations (25%): Courtesy by players, coaches and front office toward fans, plus how well a team uses technology to reach fans
Ownership (13.1%): Honesty; loyalty to core players and the local community
Players (14.6%): Effort on the field, likability off it
Stadium Experience (9.8%): Quality of arena; fan-friendliness of environment; frequency of game-day promotions
Title Track (4.6%): Championships won or expected within the lifetime of current fans
Bang For The Buck (18.3%): Wins in the past two years per fan dollar, adjusted for league schedules
Other NBA teams join the Spurs in the Top 20 overall rankings, including the Memphis Grizzlies (2nd), Oklahoma City Thunder (7th), Indiana Pacers (13th) and Golden State Warriors (20th).
Based on the critera above, are the Spurs the No. 1 team in your Ultimate Team rankings?