10. Alvin Robertson
In the midst of the 1980’s, the San Antonio Spurs used the No. 7 overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft on Alvin Robertson, a shooting guard from the University of Arkansas. He was a developing scorer for the Razorbacks and almost instantly saw this carry over to the NBA.
By Year 2, Robertson was averaging 17 points per game as a 23-year-old. He did this efficiently, with a 51 percent mark from the field and the occasional 3-pointer. This carried through the next three years, with 17.7, 19.6, and 17.3 points per game on the Spurs teams of the mid-late 1980’s.
Robertson’s contributions came in other areas than scoring, however. He was a top defensive guard, averaging 3.0 steals per game in four of his five seasons in San Antonio. A league-high 3.7 came in 1985-86. At least five rebounds and five assists per game were picked up in those four seasons, too, making him one of the Spurs’ best all-around players of the 1980’s.
Through the Spurs years, Robertson made three consecutive All-Star Games (1986-88), being rewarded for his play on both ends of the court despite San Antonio’s rough patches in this time.
After leaving the Spurs in the Terry Cummings trade of 1989, Robertson never found the same success. His production slipped due to injury and didn’t recover.