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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CHICAGO – 1996: Jud Buechler
CHICAGO – 1996: Jud Buechler /

23. Jud Buechler

Jud Buechler was almost exclusively a 3-point shooter for teams in his 12 years in the NBA. He finished with a 36 percent average from behind the arc, with nearly one-third of his attempts coming from that distance.

Before Buechler developed into a bench piece for contending NBA teams, he spent the first four seasons of his career trying to stick. This didn’t work with the New Jersey Nets, and neither with the San Antonio Spurs.

In 1991-92, Buechler bounced from the Nets to the Spurs and the Golden State Warriors. In the in-between stint with San Antonio, he played just 11 games, shot 50 percent from the field and averaged 3.0 points per game.

After that 11-game stint, Buechler played two seasons in Golden State, and then went to the Chicago Bulls for the 1994-95 season. This was the last one before Michael Jordan returned from his first retirement, and in Buechler’s three seasons with Jordan, he won three NBA championships as a 3-point shooter off the bench.

So, Buechler found more than enough success after leaving San Antonio. He’ll always have those 11 games on his final line, though, which came nearly 25 years ago.