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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LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 31: Moses Malone
LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 31: Moses Malone /

3. Moses Malone

The late Moses Malone played all over the place in his 21 seasons. This started in the ABA from 1974-76, when he was one of the most touted high school prospects to ever join the league, at the time. He suited up for the Utah Stars, Spirit of St. Louis, and Buffalo Braves in his first two-plus pro-basketball seasons, before settling down, with the Houston Rockets.

Once stabilized, Malone’s career took off. He played five seasons in Houston, all of which saw him average a double-double (four 24-14 seasons). When the team traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers, he remained a dominant low-post threat and one of the best big men of the 1980’s. This even took him to the Washington Bullets and Atlanta Hawks, where things were status quo.

By age 39, Malone’s playing time had fallen off. No longer was he a star player, but a reverse for the Bucks and 76ers, which came in a second stint. So, to finish his career, the San Antonio Spurs signed him for the 1994-95 season.

Malone played just 17 games in San Antonio, averaging 2.9 points on 37 percent shooting. It was hardly anything to note and a forgettable stint to end his Pro Basketball Hall of Fame career. He did play on a team with David Robinson and Dennis Rodman, though, which is an odd but unique career-crossing.

No one will remember Malone as a Spur, but a player that owned the boards and the low-post game. It got him one NBA championship and a legacy that will last on.