San Antonio Spurs: 25 players you may have forgotten were on the team

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SALT LAKE CITY, UNITED STATES: Mario Elie of the San Antonio Spurs (L) tries to drive past Jeff Hornacek of the Utah Jazz (R) 15 November 1999 in Salt Lake City, Utah. AFP PHOTO/George FREY (Photo credit should read GEORGE FREY/AFP/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UNITED STATES: Mario Elie of the San Antonio Spurs (L) tries to drive past Jeff Hornacek of the Utah Jazz (R) 15 November 1999 in Salt Lake City, Utah. AFP PHOTO/George FREY (Photo credit should read GEORGE FREY/AFP/Getty Images)

20. Mario Elie

Mario Elie found success throughout his 10 seasons in the NBA, despite entering the league at age 27 and only averaging double-digit points twice. He played on the Golden State Warriors teams of the early 1990’s that featured Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway, and Mitch Richmond running the show. Elie then went to the 1992-93 Portland Trail Blazers, who were a top Western Conference team.

Elie’s greatest and most notable success came with the Houston Rockets. He spent five seasons there, winning NBA championships in the two Michael Jordan-less years. However, after 1998, he went elsewhere in the West to find success. That would be with the San Antonio Spurs.

On a defensive-heavy 1998-99 Spurs team, Elie stepped in as a terrific 3-point-shooting starter. He put up 37 percent from behind the arc, and contributed to the team’s 1999 championship.

In the 1999-00 season, which saw the Spurs remain competitive, Elie became a full-time starter. He started all 79 games he played in, averaging 7.5 points on 39 percent shooting from long distance.

Elie was part of the dominant Rockets teams of the 1990’s, playing alongside Hakeem Olajuwon. However, his two Spurs seasons that slipped in there were notable and led to the franchise’s first-ever title.

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