The San Antonio Spurs have had their fair share of rim protectors. Who racked up the most blocked shots in franchise history?
The San Antonio Spurs, over the past 30 years, have had big men that dominated around the rim. It propelled them to five total NBA championships and a playoff appearance in every season since 1996-97.
The Spurs’ all-time leaders in blocks is a lopsided list. Who sits at the forefront?
Artis Gilmore sits at No. 5 on the all-time list for blocks in San Antonio’s franchise history. He built up 700 blocks in five seasons with the Spurs, which came to an average of 1.8 per game. Gilmore notably put up 2.3 blocks per game in the 1982-83 season.
Coming in at No. 4 is Billy Paultz, who dates back to the Spurs’ days in the ABA. Paultz played four-and-a-half seasons in San Antonio and finished with 796 blocks. In the 1975-76 season, he had 3.0 blocks per game, which was one of the highest marks in the league.
George Gervin, who played at shooting guard and small forward, ranks third on the all-time blocks list in Spurs history. He built up 938 blocks across 12 seasons with the franchise. The Iceman averaged 1 block per game in San Antonio, which was impressive for a player at his position, as he loaded up the stat sheet. He only averaged less than 0.5 blocks per game once, and that was in his final NBA season, with the Chicago Bulls.
David Robinson is No. 2 in on the team’s all-time blocks list, and by a wide margin. He totaled 2,954 blocks, which is over 2,000 more than Gervin. The Admiral averaged 3.0 blocks per game for his career, including 3.9 in his first two seasons and 4.5 in the 1991-92 campaign. It made him one of the best rim protectors in NBA history.
Just ahead of Robinson is Tim Duncan, who finished with 3,020 blocks in his storied NBA career. He never put up block averages as high as Robinson, but stayed consistent for 19 seasons and averaged 2.0 blocks per game or more for most of his career.