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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BOSTON – 1981: Johnny Moore
BOSTON – 1981: Johnny Moore /

12. Johnny Moore

After the James Silas era, Johnny Moore took over as the San Antonio Spurs’ starting point guard and, from the start he flourished. This happened throughout the 1980’s.

By the 1981-82 season, Moore became the point guard starter. He began well, by leading the league in assists (9.6) and racking up 2.6 steals per game. It established him as an elite distributor and someone to watch for on the defensive end, which contributed to the Spurs’ success through the decade.

Moore ended up having five consecutive years of 9.0 assists per game, numbers that are difficult to pull off in any era of the NBA. It got him lost behind the greats of the 80’s like Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas, which only made the Texas product a quieter threat at the one spot.

Unfortunately for Moore, the end of his Spurs career was marred by injuries. He missed most of the season in 1985-86 and started just 27 games in 1986-87. That led to a 1987-88 departure, before returning to the Alamo City in 1989-90.

Moore’s No. 00 sits in the rafters of the AT&T Center. He’s one of the best players to put on the Black and Silver and will always be known for his play during the 1980’s.