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

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 11: Tracy McGrady
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PORTLAND, OR – DECEMBER 20: Hidayet Turkoglu
PORTLAND, OR – DECEMBER 20: Hidayet Turkoglu /

13. Hedo Turkoglu

One of the most recent players to be part of the NBA on this list, Hedo Turkoglu spent 15 years in the NBA. He started with the Sacramento Kings and played on the early 2000’s teams that flirted with NBA Finals appearances, notably losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2002 Western Conference Finals.

After the Kings, Turkoglu may be best known for his time on the Orlando Magic, where he made the 2009 NBA Finals as one of the top players next to the Dwight Howard-led team. Across two stints, he stayed there for eight years and displayed versatility as a forward in the league.

There was a forgotten year in between, however, that came with the San Antonio Spurs. It happened in the 2003-04 season, via a three-way trade that sent pieces around like Brad Miller, Scot Pollard, and Danny Ferry.

Turkoglu arrived between the 2003 and 2005 NBA championships, coming off the bench and starting 44 of the 80 games he played. This included 9.2 points on a career-high 25.9 minutes per game.

This became Turkoglu’s only season in San Antonio, as he left for the Magic in 2004 free agency. It made his time in the Alamo City feel short and, maybe, forgotten. His Spurs jersey must be available to buy, somewhere, right?

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