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: Larry Lenon
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8. Larry Kenon

Those previously-noted San Antonio Spurs teams of the late 1970’s not only featured James Silas and George Gervin, but Larry Kenon. He was a forward that had some of the best statistical seasons in franchise history.

From 1975-80, Kenon patrolled the small and power forward spots for the Spurs, primarily playing the former. He put up 18.7 points and 11.1 rebounds in his first year on the team (he played the first two for the New York Americans) and looked like a premiere inside threat. That only got better in Kenon’s age 24 season, with 21.9 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. He was even a willing passer, with 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals on the defensive end.

As Kenon aged, he continued to flourish. He only got better as a passer, topping out at 4.1 assists in the 1978-79 season. This came with a career-high 22.1 points that earn him one of two NBA All-Star Game appearances.

In Kenon’s last Spurs season (1979-80), he barely missed a 20-10 season (9.9 rebounds) but played another full season and looked like one of the NBA’s best power forwards. He left for the Chicago Bulls in 1980 free agency and never found anywhere close to the same success (10.7 points, 4.7 rebounds in three seasons), before filling small roles for the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was out of the league by 1983.