San Antonio Spurs: 25 players you may have forgotten were on the team

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Reverend Run and former NBA player Walter Berry during Run Athletics Clothing Line Launch Hosted by Reverend Run and Russell Simmons at 40/40 in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Reverend Run and former NBA player Walter Berry during Run Athletics Clothing Line Launch Hosted by Reverend Run and Russell Simmons at 40/40 in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage) /

16. Walter Berry

Walter Berry’s NBA career was abrupt. He played just three seasons and flashed the potential of a consistent starting forward. This all came during time with the San Antonio Spurs.

Before a midseason trade to the Spurs, Berry played in just seven games for the Portland Trail Blazers as the No. 14 overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft. He immediately broke out after the deal, however, by averaging 17.6 points in 56 games. The consistency remained in the following season, as Berry averaged 17.4 points in 73 games.

A trade in the 1988 offseason took Berry to New Jersey Nets, and then the Houston Rockets for the 1988-89 season. This was his last in the NBA, though, as Berry decided to take his talents to Europe from 1989-2002, playing with teams like Olympiacos, Napoli, and PAOK.

In Europe, Berry turned into one of the Euroleague’s top scorers. Most notably, in 1990-91, he put up 33.4 points and 11.7 rebounds per game for Atletico Madrid-Villalba.

Could Berry have become a top scorer in the NBA? Possibly, but his legacy mostly lies in Europe and in those two seasons with the Spurs.

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