The San Antonio Spurs have a rich history which includes many star players and five championships. A recent unveiling of a list of the best NBA players of all time is giving an idea where several of the Spurs’ biggest stars rank historically. Among the Spurs alumni revealed so far are none other than retired star Tony Parker and current Los Angeles Clippers All-Star Kawhi Leonard.
Parker, Ginobili, Gervin get Top 100 status
It’s hard to argue against the importance of George Gervin, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili in terms of the San Antonio Spurs’ history. All three players were listed within the top 75 of ESPN’s Top 100 NBA players list.
The Frenchman Tony Parker landed at No. 70 on ESPN’s list. Parker was a major part of four of the San Antonio Spurs’ championship runs. He retired after last season and achieved averages of 15.5 points, 5.6 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game with a 49 percent shooting rate. Parker was a four-time All-NBA selection, six-time All-Star, and 2006-07 NBA Finals MVP.
Manu Ginobili arrived on the Spurs’ roster in 2002 and never went elsewhere. Over his 16 seasons in San Antonio, he averaged 13.3 points along with 3.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. Ginobili also achieved two All-Star appearances, two All-NBA selections, and was named 2007-08 NBA Sixth Man during his career. ESPN placed the man who helped bring the Eurostep to the NBA at No. 58 overall.
Gervin aka “Ice Man” is No. 47 overall on ESPN’s list. While he never achieved a championship with the Spurs, he is a Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member. That’s due to his 15 seasons in the league with 12 All-Star selections, four scoring titles, and seven All-NBA selections. Gervin averaged 25.1 points with 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists while shooting over 50 percent a game. It’s fitting that he’s amongst ESPN’s Top 50 players.
See who else made ESPN’s top NBA players list here.
Kawhi Leonard, The Admiral Amongst Elite?
A young star who emerged for the San Antonio Spurs’ fifth title run was Kawhi Leonard. Kawhi became similar to Duncan in terms of his lack of overall emotion or expression on the court. He has also become known for his impressive defensive skills. However, Kawhi has shown so much more beyond that, including the ability to lead multiple teams to championships.
Leonard, who led the Raptors to a championship last season as the team’s top star, now stars for the Clippers. He’s averaged 18.6 points, 6.4 rebounds. 2.7 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. The Klaw as he’s known by some, has two Defensive Player of the Year Awards, two NBA Finals MVPs, three All-NBA selections, five All-Defensive selections, and four All-Star appearances.
Fittingly, ESPN put Kawhi Leonard at No. 25 on their overall list, making him one of the elite stars in NBA history, thus far. Leonard has already stamped his name on the game and isn’t finished yet.
Just one spot ahead of him, right now, is “The Admiral” David Robinson. He became the biggest star in San Antonio until Tim Duncan arrived. Robinson was part of the first two Spurs championships. During The Admiral’s career, he averaged a double-double with 21.1 points and 10.6 rebounds along with three blocks and 2.5 assists per game.
Like Gervin, Robinson is a Basketball Hall of Fame member. He achieved 10 All-Star appearances, a scoring title, a blocks title, a rebounding title, eight All-Defensive selections, and 10 All-NBA selections. Robinson also achieved NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year Awards. By the way, before Kobe’s 81, there was Robinson’s 71.
With that, we know that one more Spurs player is left. The great Tim Duncan should be amongst the top 10 players on any list, based on his all-around greatness and five championship rings. Stay tuned for the 2020 Hall of Fame Class member’s ranking. See more news about the team and players at our Spurs news page.