19. Jerome Kersey
The late Jerome Kersey was never an All-Star or a superstar player, but played a consistent role for 11 seasons on the Portland Trail Blazers teams of the late 1980’s and in the mid-1990’s. It never resulted in a NBA championship, having come close in 1992, only to fall to Michael Jordan’s Bulls.
Kersey played heavy minutes for the Blazers, averaging between 32 and 36 minutes per game from 1987-92. These were during the prime years of players like Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter, so Kersey fit between them as a third or fourth option.
By the end of the Longwood University product’s career, he started to join contending teams. First, was the 1996-97 Los Angeles Lakers. Then came the 1997-98 Seattle SuperSonics. Neither organization won that season’s title, so Kersey bounced to the San Antonio Spurs for the strike-shortened 1998-99 season.
Kersey played 45 of a possible 50 games in 1998-99. He never started and actually struggled mightily, with a 34 percent shooting percentage. However, he stuck around long enough for the Spurs to win the 1999 NBA championship, winning it with the previously-mentioned Steve Kerr and Mario Elie.
Kersey played one more season in San Antonio, where he played 72 games, shot 41 percent and contributed to one of the top teams in the West. He retired after the 2000-01 season.