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

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 11: Tracy McGrady
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 11: Tracy McGrady
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29 DEC 2001: Steve Smith
29 DEC 2001: Steve Smith

10. Steve Smith

Before there was a Steve Smith that played in the NFL, there was a Steve Smith in the NBA, a player who had a successful 13 years in the Association. He played shooting guard for six teams, getting started with the Miami Heat and finishing with the same team in the 2004-05 season.

Smith was an upper-level scorer in the 1990’s on the Heat, where he averaged 14.4 points per game. That carried into more success on the Atlanta Hawks and a run on the old Portland “Jail Blazers” of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

During Smith’s time in Portland, he mostly played as a starter but saw his numbers decline to 14.3 points per game. Then, at age 32, he left for the San Antonio Spurs in 2001.

In Year 1, Smith actually churned out his best shooting season, statistically. This came on an absurd 47 percent shooting from behind the arc and a significant part of the starting lineup.

However, in Year 2, Smith’s production tailed off. He shot 38 percent from the field and 33 percent from the 3-point line. It came with a career-low 6.8 points, but added a NBA championship to his list of accolades.

This ended Smith’s brief Spurs career, as he played two more seasons for three teams and retired after 2004-05.

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