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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ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 05: Richard Jefferson
ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 05: Richard Jefferson /

6. Richard Jefferson

Richard Jefferson is the first active and most recent player to join the list of “forgotten” San Antonio Spurs. How is he already forgotten, though?

From 2001-08, Jefferson played a key role on the New Jersey Nets’ top-tier Eastern Conference teams. He was a reliable scorer and worked as a solid add-on to a team that had Jason Kidd and Vince Carter roaming the court, almost like a “Big 3.”

In 2008, Jefferson was shipped to the Milwaukee Bucks and kept his numbers mostly in line from his time in New Jersey. Then came the move to San Antonio and the sharp decline on the stat sheet.

From Milwaukee to Jefferson’s first year on the Spurs, his scoring dropped from 19.6 to 12.3 points, the lowest number of his career since his rookie season. That number dipped again in 2010-11, but with a career-high 44 percent shooting from the 3-point line.

Jefferson stuck around into the 2011-12 season, but saw his numbers fall for the third time. He put up a career-low 9.2 points on 41 percent shooting, and got shipped to the Golden State Warriors for Stephen Jackson.

From there, Jefferson mostly drifted into a role player spot for multiple teams (except the Utah Jazz). Now, he’s a beloved member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and was a popular part of the team’s bench for the 2016 NBA championship.

Jefferson found success throughout his NBA career, but those years in San Antonio weren’t the highlights of his time on the court. Still on a team with LeBron James, let’s see if Jefferson can win one more title.

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