7. Terry Porter
Terry Porter was another unheralded point guard in the NBA, as he fell in during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s on those top Portland Trail Blazers teams. He made two NBA Finals appearances in 1990 and 1992, but came up short to the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls, respectively.
Porter’s time in Portland was highlighted by two All-Star appearances and an average of 7.0 assists per game. He put up between 8.0 and 10.1 assists over a five-year stretch, too, which was among the best in the NBA at point guard.
By age 31, Porter’s numbers began to tail off, but he found some success as the backup with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat. There was one last go-around, though, on the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs rostered Porter for three years, all of which came between the 1999 and 2003 championships. However, he contributed to bridging the gap toward the eventual replacement, Tony Parker, with spot-up shooting (42 percent from behind the arc) and veteran leadership behind Avery Johnson.
After Porter’s 2001-02 season in San Antonio, he retired. That led to a short-lived career as the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns. Now, he’s the head coach at the University of Portland.
So, Porter’s time in San Antonio was short-lived, but he played a meaningful bench role on three top-tier teams. It was enough to end his career after 17 years.