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Most Underrated Spurs Players in the Last Decade

By George Middleton

In the past ten seasons the San Antonio Spurs have three NBA titles (2005, 2007, and 2014). Most know that in those title runs the primary pieces were Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. The question is “who were the key players, after the “big three”?

Robert Horry– Throughout his 16 year career, Robert Horry is known as a player who hits big shots and steps up in crunch time. That’s exactly what the 6″10 forward did with the Spurs back in 2004-05. In the regular season, he averaged 6 points and 3.6 rebounds. In the playoffs, he helped the Spurs to a title as he upped his averages to 9.3 points and 5.4 rebounds off the bench. In game five of the Finals, he helped the Spurs with 21 points, connecting on five threes in a one point win over Detroit to break a 2-2 tie in the series.

Michael Finley– Michael Finley has a fine career under his belt, but when he arrived to the Spurs at the age of 32 his best years were behind him. Finley was still a reliable player as he was fourth on the Spurs in scoring in his first three seasons with them. Finley had a big first round series against the Denver Nuggets in 2007, as he averaged 16 points, helping the Spurs advance as they eventually won another title.

Bruce Bowen– It’s easy to forget about a player who never averaged 10 points in a season. Bowen didn’t need to score to be an effective player, as he was one of the better defenders in the league during his 13 year career. He is an eight time all-NBA defensive team member and was a terrific three point shooter in his career (39%).

Brent Barry– Brent Barry has always been a solid basketball player. Barry was known as an under the radar athlete with a high IQ and terrific three point shooter. His best season as an NBA player came in 2001-02 with Seattle, as he averaged 14.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.3 assists.

Matt Bonner– Matt Bonner is certainly a fan favorite as he has been with the team since 2006. The “Red Rocket” has been an excellent three point shooter in his career (42%). One thing that goes unnoticed about Bonner is that he has always made terrific decisions as he has never averaged more than 0.6 turnovers per game.