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Top 5 Forwards in San Antonio Spurs History

By George Middleton

The Spurs have a great history of big men and forwards, as they have arguably the best power forward of all time in Tim Duncan. The question is who follows? In order to be eligible on this list, the player must have played for the Spurs for a minimal five seasons in his playing career.

5. Bruce Bowen

Some might see it as a bit strange that Bruce Bowen made the list as he was so “one dimensional”. Bowen was a great defender, arguably the best perimeter defender in the game for many years. Bowen never even cracked double figure scoring per game in any season, but was lethal three point shooter. Bowen ranks second in Spurs history in three point makes. He is a three time NBA champ and has made eight All-NBA Defensive teams (5 first, 3 second).

4. Sean Elliott

Sean Elliott will always be remembered as David Robinson‘s sidekick. Elliott was always a solid basketball player throughout his career. Elliott followed a terrific college career at Arizona in which he won AP Player of the Year and carried it onto the NBA as he made two all-star games and won a ring. His best season of his career was in 1995-96, where he averaged 20 points and 5.1 rebounds.

3. Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell is one of the more under appreciated players you will ever come across. In his six full seasons with the Spurs he never averaged below 19 points, yet he never made the all-star game with the Spurs (only in Cleveland). Mitchell was one of the better scorers in the league, but his rebounding numbers dipped towards the end of his career strangely. Mitchell was the Spurs leading scorer from 1984-86.

2. Larry Kenon

Larry Kenon was truly special with the Spurs. In four straight seasons, Mitchell averaged at least 20 points and 9 rebounds. Kenon was a two time all-star with the Spurs and set an NBA record for steals in a game with 11. Kenon was a terrific passing big and was also good at creating turnovers, something that most power forwards can’t do. Kenon also had a terrific ABA career as he made the ABA all-star game in his only three seasons.

1. Tim Duncan

Where does one start with Tim Duncan? The man possesses an NBA resume that one can only dream of. Duncan has led the Spurs to five NBA titles (three finals MVP), has 14 all-star appearances, two NBA MVP’s, and is a 14 time All-NBA teams member. Duncan has no glaring weakness in his game, as he can score from anywhere, pass better than most bigs, and is a terrific rebounder. Did I forget to mention that Duncan is a 14 time All-NBA defensive team member, in case you were wondering. Duncan is still going at the age of 38, which means that resume is still in progress!

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