The San Antonio Spurs have seen multiple legends pass through the organization, some of which had their numbers retired.
The San Antonio Spurs have a rich history that’s spanned over four decades. They’ve won five NBA championships, had some of the best single-season teams in league history, and an elite coach in Gregg Popovich, who’s captained all five title-winning teams.
However, the Spurs have had their share of great players pass through. This includes current and future Naismith Hall of Famers, as well as other team standouts. Some of these players had their jersey numbers retired by the franchise, making sure no one else wears it on their uniform again.
Eight Spurs have had their numbers retired. Who are they? Let’s look back at them below:
Johnny Moore – 00
Johnny Moore played for the Spurs from 1980-88, and again, in the 1989-90 season. He started at point guard for most of these seasons, averaging 9.4 points and 7.4 assists.
Avery Johnson – 6
Avery Johnson had three stints with San Antonio (1990-92, 1992-93, 1994-2001). This saw him win the 1999 NBA championship, the first in franchise history. He also averaged 10.1 points and 6.9 assists per game.
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Bruce Bowen – 12
Bruce Bowen will forever be known as a defensive stopper for the Spurs. He never had the standout offensive game, but when in doubt, he could be placed on just about anyone on the wing or point guard. Bowen played for the team from 2001-2009, winning three NBA championships.
James Silas – 13
James Silas played with the San Antonio Spurs in the ABA and NBA. He played for them during the 1970’s and 80’s, averaging 16.7 points and 3.2 assists per game.
Tim Duncan – 21
Tim Duncan won five NBA championship with the Spurs, and goes down as one of the franchise’s greatest players ever. He averaged 19 points and 10.8 rebounds in 19 seasons, along with making 15 All-Star games.
Sean Elliott – 32
Sean Elliott played all but one season with San Antonio. He was around for their first NBA championship, claiming it in 1999. Elliott averaged 14.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
George Gervin – 44
Like Silas, George Gervin played for the Spurs in the ABA and NBA. This saw him lead the league in scoring four times, including putting up 33.1 points per game in the 1979-80 season.
David Robinson – 50
David Robinson was the original top center for the Spurs, dominating the 1990’s. He averaged 21.1 points and 10.6 rebounds for his career, including winning two NBA championships.
With Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili nearing the end of their respective careers, could they be next? If not them, then who?