San Antonio Spurs: Top 25 players in franchise history

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SAN ANTONIO, TX – JUNE 5: Mascot of the San Antonio Spurs holds the logo up during a timeout against the Miami Heat during Game One of the 2014 NBA Finals on June 5, 2014 at AT

24. Rich Jones

Before the San Antonio Spurs became a stalwart of the NBA, they were one of the original ABA teams in the 1970’s. Some of the best players in Spurs history were from this defunct league, including Rich Jones.

Jones played with the San Antonio ABA team for two seasons, which was previously the Chaparrals. His first one, which came in 1973-74, saw him average 15.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists. Along with averaging nearly one steal per game, Jones looked like a stat stuffer for this franchise.

For the 1974-75 season, the former University of Memphis player averaged over 19 points and nearly eight rebounds. This came in a whopping 37 minutes per game, along with shooting 43 percent from the field — the second-highest mark of Jones’ career.

Jones ranks in the top 10 in rebounding in Spurs history, with 3,137 rebounds through his five years with the organization. This comes after also putting up a double-digit rebound average in1972-73.

Jones may not be a top-notch Spur of all time, but had a steady run with the ABA version of the team. He fizzled out of the league after one more year in the ABA and 34 games in the NBA.

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