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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HOUSTON – MAY 28: Sean Elliott
HOUSTON – MAY 28: Sean Elliott /

7. Sean Elliott

Before Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili showed up, Sean Elliott was one of the best San Antonio Spurs of all time. He was one of their most consistent contributors, coming as the No. 3 overall pick of the 1989 NBA Draft, just in time for David Robinson’s arrival from the Navy.

Elliott was never a superstar on the Spurs, but always provided a solid No. 2 or 3 role throughout the 1990’s. He topped out at 17.2 points per game and made an All-Star appearance in the 1992-93 season, looking like one of the best young players in the league. Then came the Spurs’ trade of him to the Detroit Pistons, which brought back a package that included Dennis Rodman.

Nine months later, the Spurs reacquired Elliott from the Pistons, which saw him return to glory. with a 18.1 point per game season in 1994-95, a career high. That was eclipsed just one season later, with 20.0 points and 5.1 rebounds.

Elliott remained on the Spurs for the rest of his career, until ailments drew him to retirement at age 32. He did capture the 1999 NBA championship with the team, however, even in a reduced role at age 29.

Elliott was one of the best scorers to go through the Spurs’ organization. His role at small forward was critical toward the team’s success in the 1990’s, which got rewarded.