Drafted 10th overall by the Spurs played for the Spurs from 1988-1995 eventually leaving for the Toronto Raptors. Willie was one of the Spurs that stuck around through thick and thin and became a valuable support for David Robinson and Sean Elliot.
With seven seasons with the Spurs Mitchell is currently the 7th all time scorer with 9,799 points. Although his name isn’t mentioned much among Spurs greats his contribution to the team in the 1980’s is worth mentioning.
Gilmore is the 13th overall scorer and 5th in blocked shots in Spurs history. Throughout his career accomplished the 5th overall in scoring percentage. Here was a guy that could shoot, rebound and make it count.
Nicked named “The Snake” Silas was really electrifying late in the game. Silas was an important part of the team as they transitioned from the ABA into the NBA. He is one of the few Spurs to have his number retired by the team.
Bowen was not only the best defensive player on the Spurs he was a killer in the clutch. He could throw down the 3 ball night in and night out. While he is probably the dirtiest player the Spurs have ever had he was a class act among his team and the fans. Recently, he un-retired his jersey number so that Aldridge can use it. What an unselfish guy! Whether his jersey is retired or not he is still without a doubt one of the All-time best in Spurs history.
Without a doubt the little General helped make the Admiral David Robinson as great as he was. Their chemistry together was on par with any of the historical duo’s. That dude can run a team. A true point guard. You will probably see a lot of Avery Johnson’s influence in Tony Parker’s game. Avery was a player that just made everyone around him better.
6. Sean Elliot
The “ninja” was one of the best clutch shooters in Spurs history. He was a great defensive player and is the reason for some of the greatest moments in Spurs history. Who could ever forget the “Memorial Day Miracle”?
Ginobili ranks as one of the top players in their franchise history in multiple categories, 5th in scoring, 5th in assists,2nd in steals, and 5th in minutes played. What the stats can’t tell is how he can take over a game and make the huge shots. Some of the best shots in Spurs history were made by Ginobili with the game on the line.
The Spurs have always had great leaders from Gervin to Robinson to Duncan they have always shown that they are a class act. The “Ice Man” defined the Spurs as a serious contender but never could quite make it to a championship. Gervin left the court with some tough records to break. 2nd in points scored, 3rd in rebounds and 3rd in steals. Gervin had an amazing career and was a scoring machine. At the time of retirement he had more blocks than anyone in NBA History.
Without a doubt Parker is one of the most under-appreciated and best point guards in NBA history. As a San Antonio Spur he has had the responsibility of orchestrating Popovich’s game plans and has done a hell of a job. He has hit some huge shots in his career with the Spurs and has been the counterpart to Tim Duncan’s success as the Greatest Player in NBA History. Parker is 4th in all-time scoring and first in assists in franchise history.
The “Admiral” David Robinson was not only one of the best centers of all-time but he was the pillar of the organization and to the community. One game that stands out is the when Robinson scored 71 points in a single game to take the scoring title away from Shaq. Of course within franchise history you would expect him to be near the top on scoring and rebounds but interestingly enough as a center he has the most steals of any player to ever wear a Spurs uniform. It’s tough to argue that the reason Tim developed in the NBA isn’t because of Robinson. Big Dave passed the torch to Tim as they won their franchises first ever championship together.
The “Big Fundamental” has stood the test of time and it has been unreal to see! If you take a look at the other superstars that were all the hype when he first got into the league they are either retired, sitting on the bench or have lost their star power. There has never been a more consistent player in NBA history for so long. Eight-teen years later he is still putting up numbers and still the foundation to the Spurs Dynasty. He is the most unselfish player and has proven himself time and time again. Duncan is arguable the best player in NBA History. Before you go on yelling, “What about Jordan?” think about this. Jordan was unbelievable in his prime but when it comes to consistently delivering year after year Duncan has the edge. Another factor that is no often considered is how good Duncan made the rest of his team. Look at all the unheard of players in the Spurs franchise that went on to become great all around players. Duncan is a true leader. Forget the selfish flashy style of basketball where you have one person carry the team. The Spurs style of basketball has been successful partly because their leader see value in the rest of the team. A lot the “Greats” lack the ability to be able to transform anyone but their selves.
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