The San Antonio Spurs are a professional basketball team and a member of the National Basketball Association. The Spurs were originally formed as the Dallas Chaparrals in 1967. A member of the American Basketball Association, the Chaparrals joined the NBA in 1976 as part of the NBA-ABA merger. The franchise moved to San Antonio in 1973 and adopted the Spurs name. They currently compete in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference.