- Head Athletic Trainer: Will Sevening (15 Years as Head AT)
- Total Games Missed Due to Injury Over the Last 5 Years: 506 (3rd)
- Total Cost for Games Missed Due to Injury Over the Last 5 Years: $36,018,450 (6th)
- 2012-13 Games Missed Due to Injury: 111 (11th)
- 2012-13 Cost of Games Missed Due to Injury: $10,470,586 (18th)
- Average 5-Year Rank in Games Missed: 3rd
- Average 5-Year Rank in Cost of Injuries: T-5th
- Best Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 6 (Three times, 2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10)
- Worst Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 14 (2008-09)
It should come as no surprise that a decade of dominance for the Spurs is accompanied by an uncanny knack for staying healthy. Head athletic trainer Will Sevening has been on the bench for each of the team’s four championship, insuring the health of San Antonio’s core and ever-evolving collection of role players. As the trio of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker has aged, Sevening has displayed a knack for maximizing their minutes while insuring they aren’t overworked. He’s properly handled their injuries when they’ve occurred and shown a patience that often doesn’t occur with a team consistently fighting for playoff positioning. A majority of the decisions would not be possible without the cooperation of head coach Gregg Poppovich who understands the importance of rest. Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker have all been given games off while other key rotation players have also joined them on the bench.
The Spurs have finished below the league average for cost and games missed in each of the last five seasons. As could be expected, Ginobili’s health has been one of the more difficult and expensive players for the team. Over the past five seasons the former All-Star has missed 90 games with a myriad of injuries including bilateral hamstrings strains, a broken 5th metacarpal, ankle surgery, and a stress reaction in his fibula. His games missed have cost over $14 million and accounted for 39 percent of the total money lost to injuries during the examined timeframe.
2013-14 should be more of the same with an additional emphasis given to Parker. The point guard joined the French National Team just eight weeks after the conclusion of the Finals and averaged over 30 minutes in the EuroBasket tournament. Parker was plagued by a persistent hamstring injury throughout the tournament but reported to camp reportedly feeling fine. His minutes have been under constant supervision during the preseason and it would come as no surprise if he received games off throughout the year. If the medical team can continue to perform at a high level and allow Parker and his teammates have another run of sustained health, then it’s reasonable to believe the Spurs can make another legitimate run at the franchise’s fifth championship.