San Antonio Spurs: Top 25 players in franchise history

By Rob Wolkenbrod
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 3: (Left to Right) Bruce Bowen
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LANDOVER, MD – CIRCA 1978: James Silas
LANDOVER, MD – CIRCA 1978: James Silas /

14. James Silas

When looking at the best players in San Antonio Spurs history, James Silas’ name may get lost in the shuffle. He started when they were still the Dallas Chapparals in the 1972-73 ABA season, stayed with them for the last three ABA years as the Spurs, and joined them in the NBA in 1976-77.

Silas provided longevity at point guard for nine seasons. Aside from 1976-77 and 1977-78, he was a consistent player on the court and a solid scoring point guard. He maxed out at 23.8 points and 5.4 assists per game in 1975-76, which was also one of two All-Star years for him.

From age 29 to 31, Silas remained a steady force at point guard, scoring between 16 and 18 points per game. He did this while setting up George Gervin in his early NBA seasons, averaging 3.5-3.8 assists in the late 1970’s and into the 80’s. It made Silas, not the best, but one of the league’s top players at his position.

Outside of one year in Cleveland in the 1981-82 season (his last in the NBA), Silas was a member of the Spurs. His No. 13 is even retired, and was one of the first Spurs to have this done. So, his spot in the team’s history is special and one that will be remembered.