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

By Rob Wolkenbrod
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SAN ANTONIO – DECEMBER 3: Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs speaks with head coach Maurice Cheeks of the Philadelphia 76ers during the game on December 3, 2005 at SBC Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs won 100-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Chris Birck/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO – DECEMBER 3: Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs speaks with head coach Maurice Cheeks of the Philadelphia 76ers during the game on December 3, 2005 at SBC Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs won 100-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Chris Birck/NBAE via Getty Images) /

8. Maurice Cheeks

When it comes to the top point guards of the 1980’s, Maurice Cheeks’ name won’t often get mentioned. He was topped by top-flight Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Dennis Johnson, John Stockton (who didn’t get going until 1987), but remained a quality player at the one spot, behind them.

Cheeks played on the Charles Barkley-led Philadelphia 76ers teams that made some noise in the Eastern Conferences in the late 1980’s. However, the West Texas A&M product’s time in the City of Brotherly Love stretched from the 1970’s, beginning his career as the starting point guard and remaining this way until the 1988-89 season.

For the 1989-90 campaign, Cheeks was traded to the San Antonio Spurs to play point guard on one of the earliest David Robinson teams. This only lasted 50 games, as he averaged 10 points and 6 assists. It led to a midseason trade to the New York Knicks, where Cheeks spent the next season-and-a-half.

In the modern-day NBA, Cheeks is mostly known for his time as the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers and 76ers. He spent part of one season with the Detroit Pistons, too, but has otherwise been an assistant. Three playoff appearances were made across his nine seasons in charge.

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