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Top 5 Guards In San Antonio Spurs History

By George Middleton

The San Antonio Spurs are one of the most dominant franchises in not only the NBA, but in sports. They have had loads of talent in the perimeter. Below are the top five guards in franchise history. (In order to qualify the player must have played with the Spurs for at least five seasons). There were many terrific guards that missed the cut, such as James Silas, Michael Finley, and Johnny Moore.

5. Alvin Robertson– Alvin Robertson was one of the more complete point guards in his five year tenure with the Spurs. Robertson averaged at least 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in four straight seasons with the Spurs. He was also terrific at creating turnovers as he averaged at least three per game, in the four year span. Robertson was a three time all-star with the Spurs and was the defensive player of the year in 1986.

4. Avery Johnson– Avery Johnson is second in franchise history in assists with 4,474 in his ten year career with the Spurs. His career averages with the Spurs are 10.1 points, 6.9. assists, and 1.1 steals. Johnson is one of the smartest guards to come around, as he only averaged two turnovers per game as a Spur.

3. Manu Ginobili– While Manu Ginobili has never been a superstar or a 20 points per game player, he has always been an all around shooting guard. In his 12 year career with the Spurs he has been the sidekick to Tim Duncan and Tony Parker mostly, and has thrived in that role. He has been a two time all-star, two time all-NBA third team, and a sixth man of the year award. Ginobili has certainly been a primary factor in the four rings the Spurs have won while he was around. Ginobili ranks among the top five in points, assists, three pointers made, and steals in franchise history.

2. Tony Parker- Many people tend to forget that Tony Parker was nearly selected until the second round of the 2001 NBA draft (28th pick). Maybe, it’s because he has been a four time all-star, Finals MVP, to go along with four NBA titles. Like Ginobili, Parker has never grasped the label of being a “superstar”, but he’s always been one of the best guards in the game. For the past 10 seasons Parker has averaged at least 16 points and 5.5 assists. What makes Parker special is his play in the postseason, as his career averages are 18.9 points and 5.3 assists.

1. George Gervin– The “Iceman” is one of the better scorers in NBA history. Gervin averaged 26.3 points with San Antonio in his career and was a 12 time all-star in his career. Gervin has the second most steals and points in Spurs history. The only thing Gervin is missing on his resume is a ring.