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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SACRAMENTO, CA – 1996: Doc Rivers
SACRAMENTO, CA – 1996: Doc Rivers

4. Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers is far from the most notable player on this list, but has arguably had the best post-playing career of any of these 25 former San Antonio Spurs. He’s amassed two NBA Finals appearances, one NBA championship, and led the Los Angeles Clippers for the past few years.

Before Rivers became a coach, he was a quality point guard, though. He had this role on the Dominique Wilkins-led Atlanta Hawks teams of the 1980’s and provided some of the highest assist totals in the NBA in 1986-87 (10.0) and 1987-88 (9.3). These Hawks never got to the NBA title, but remained a force near the top of the East.

Rivers spent eight years in Atlanta, before suiting up for one season on the Los Angeles Clippers and two-plus on the talented New York Knicks teams of the mid-1900’s. That brought him to the Spurs in the middle of the 1994-95 season, joining them as a free agent.

The Spurs became the final destination for Rivers, who played there for two seasons and retired after the 1995-96 season. He backed up Avery Johnson, but never topped 40 percent shooting and averaged 4.5 points per game.

The San Antonio years were hardly anything of note for Rivers’ career. It only wrapped up a strong 13 seasons in the league, before moving to the bench to become a successful head coach.

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