HomeSportsBasketball10 Best Players In The History of San Antonio Spurs
ads banner
ads banner

10 Best Players In The History of San Antonio Spurs

10 Best Players In The History of San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs have been one of the most amazing franchises in history. They often appear in the playoffs and are a tough team to defeat. The team won their first ever NBA title in 1999 under the leadership of Gregg Popovich. After that, the golden era of the Spurs began and they won four more titles in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014, respectively. The franchise has had many iconic players who led them to these titles. In this article, we will have a look at the 10 best players in their history. 

 

10) Bruce Bowen

10 Best Players In The History of San Antonio Spurs
Image via Getty Images

Bruce Bowen began his NBA career in 1996 with the Miami Heat. After playing one season with them, he joined the Boston Celtics, then the Philadelphia 76ers and then Miami again. He finally joined the San Antonio Spurs in 2001. Bowen averaged 6.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks per game. Bruce was even named to the All-Defensive Team in each of his eight seasons with the Spurs. Additionally, he was quite accurate with his three-pointers, making a total of 661, which is the fourth highest in franchise history. 

 

9) Artis Gilmore

10 Best Players In The History of San Antonio Spurs
Image via Getty Images

Artis Gilmore was past his peak when he joined the San Antonio Spurs in 1982, but his performances were still spectacular. Gilmore averaged 16.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game with a .620 field goal percentage. “The A-Train” was one of the league’s best centers and a threat both offensively and defensively. He spent five seasons with the Spurs and played for Chicago and Boston in one season before retiring. 

 

8) Larry Kenon

10 Best Players In The History of San Antonio Spurs
Image via Getty Images

After spending two seasons with the New York Nets, Larry Kenon joined the San Antonio Spurs and spent five seasons with them. During those five seasons, “Special K” performed really well. Hence, now he ranks ninth in franchise history in points and fourth in rebounds. Larry was a lethal power forward and one of the best players of the 1970s. He averaged 20.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game with an 18.5 player efficiency rating for the Spurs. 

 

7) James Silas

10 Best Players In The History of San Antonio Spurs
Image via Getty Images

James Silas spent a total of nine seasons with the San Antonio Spurs in both the ABA and NBA. “The Snake” averaged 16.7 points, 3.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game, with a player efficiency rating of 17.1. He ranks sixth in franchise history in total points, eighth in assists and sixth in win shares with 57.9. James Silas was a fantastic player who always gave his best on the court.  

 

6) Kawhi Leonard

10 Best Players In The History of San Antonio Spurs
Image via Getty Images

Kawhi Leonard was the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers but was traded to the San Antonio Spurs the same night. He was the spark that re-ignited the fire the team needed to win another championship after falling short in six seasons. Leonard averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. He was the MVP of the 2014 Finals. “The Claw” spent an incredible seven seasons with the Spurs before moving to the Toronto Raptors and then the LA Clippers. 

 

5) George Gervin

10 Best Players In The History of San Antonio Spurs
Image via Getty Images

George Gervin began his professional basketball career in 1972. He played one and a half seasons for the Virginia Squires in the ABA. Soon, Gervin joined the Spurs and spent more than a decade with them. “The Iceman” averaged 26.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. Gervin has the second-most points in franchise history, he ranks third in rebounds, third in steals, third in blocks and sixth in assists. George has won four career-scoring titles, of which three were consecutive. 

 

4) Tony Parker

10 Best Players In The History of San Antonio Spurs
Image via Getty Images

Tony Parker began his NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs in 2001. He built an illustrious legacy with the franchise by spending 17 seasons with them. “Fiery Francophile” had many iconic moments and the best one was when he led the team to the 2007 NBA Finals and defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers. Parker was the Finals MVP with 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in assists. 

 

3) Manu Ginobili

10 Best Players In The History of San Antonio Spurs
Image via Getty Images

Ginobili was the 57th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Spurs. However, he didn’t sign with them at the time and went to Italy to play for Kinder Bologna. He began his NBA career in 2002 with the Spurs. He went on to have a remarkable 16-year professional career with the franchise, winning four championship rings and also earning a place in the NBA Hall of Fame. “The Magician” ranks in the top five in franchise history in points, assists, rebounds, steals, win shares and value over replacement player. 

 

2) David Robinson

10 Best Players In The History of San Antonio Spurs
Image via Getty Images

David Robinson began his NBA career with San Antonio in 1990. He spent his entire 14-year career with the Spurs and made it a memorable one. He averaged 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 3.0 blocks per game. “The Admiral” was Rookie of the Year, MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, scoring, rebounding and block champion. He is one of the best centers in the history of the league. Robinson won two NBA rings with the Spurs. He has the best player efficiency rating of 26.2 in franchise history. 

 

1) Tim Duncan

10 Best Players In The History of San Antonio Spurs
Image via Getty Images

Tim Duncan is arguably the best player in San Antonio Spurs history. He spent his entire 19-year career with the Spurs franchise, leading them to all five NBA titles in their history. He was named the Finals MVP three times. “The Big Fundamental” averaged 20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 blocks per game. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks, value over replacement player and win shares. Duncan was a 15-time All-NBA, 15-time All-Defensive and two-time MVP. 

Also Read: NBA Players Who Retired Early

Sports Headlines

LATEST NEWS