Top 10 San Antonio Spurs Players of All Time
The Spurs Dynasty of the last 13 years is one of the greatest in NBA history. The San Antonio Spurs' remarkable run of four championships in nine years featured some incredible talent not only on the floor but also the bench, in Hall of Fame coach Gregg Popovich. Here is a look at the top 10 players in Spurs franchise history.
#10 Johnny Moore (1980-1990)
Johnny Moore played alongside George Gervin in the 80's, which is a big reason why he had the most assists in Spurs franchise history when he retired. Currently 3rd on the list, Moore is remembered in the AT&T Center rafters, where his #00 jersey is retired for his contributions to the team.
#9 Avery Johnson (1990-2001)
Avery Johnson, aka "The Little General", helped put the Spurs on the map by dishing out assists to the Twin Towers during their title run in 1999. His clutch shot in Game 5 of the finals sealed a one-point victory against the Knicks and clinched the franchise's first NBA Championship. Johnson's #6 jersey was retired in 2007 and hangs next to the other greats in San Antonio Spurs history.
#8 James Silas (1973-1981)
He also spent his entire career on the Spurs with George Gervin, and Silas gave San Antonio a dangerous 1-2 punch. He averaged 17 points per game during his career, which included two All-Star appearances and ended in his #13 jersey hanging up next to the other greats in Spurs history.
#7 Sean Elliott (1989-2001)
Sean Elliott was a two-time All-Star, NBA champion, and has his number retired by the Spurs. His most lasting memory for Spurs fans though, was the Memorial Day Miracle, when he hit a fall-away 3-pointer while toeing the out-of-bounds line, to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1999 Western Conference Finals. Not even a kidney transplant midway through his career was able to stop this Spurs great.
#6 Bruce Bowen (2001-2009)
Bruce Bowen is known as one of the best perimeter defenders in NBA history. His defensive contributions helped lead the Spurs to three NBA championships and netted him eight NBA All-Defensive selections. Also in his arsenal was a deadly corner 3-point shot that made him 2nd in franchise history in 3-pointers made.
#5 Manu Ginobili (1999-Present)
Manu has been tearing up NBA defenses ever since he came into league from Argentina. His career marks are impressive, as he ranks in the Top 10 in franchise history in points, steals, assists, 3-pointers, and free throw percentage. He has become one of the top 6th men in the league and took home the award in '07-'08 to add to his three championship rings.
#4 Tony Parker (2001-Present)
The ever constant Parker has reminded the league this year that he is a premier NBA guard, leading the Spurs to a solid record despite an injured Ginobili and aging Duncan. The 2001 first-round pick out of France was just named to his 4th All-Star team and recently surpassed Avery Johnson as the franchise's all-time leader in assists. Parker also has a Finals MVP award to go with the three mid-2000's championships.
#3 George Gervin (1973-1985)
Hall of Famer George "The Iceman" Gervin is one of the top scorers in NBA history. His four scoring titles are only surpassed by Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain and he was also chosen to participate in 12 All-Star games. During the the Spurs high scoring but defensively deficient early years, Gervin was a must see NBA player.
#2 David Robinson (1987-2003)
"The Admiral" is the only player in US history to play for three Olympic teams, but that's not even his greatest accomplishment. David Robinson almost single handedly put San Antonio in the spotlight in the 90's. He was a Rookie of the Year (1990), Defensive MVP (1992), NBA MVP (1995), and two-time champion (1999 and 2003). Robinson retired with a career double-double, 21 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.
#1 Tim Duncan (1997-Present)
Tim Duncan is accustomed to always being number one. He was drafted first overall in 1997, he has been named NBA MVP twice, NBA Finals MVP three times, and has four championship rings, more than any other player in franchise history. He is a first ballot Hall of Famer and the greatest power forward in the history of the NBA.