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 – 1982: George Gervin
BOSTON – 1982: George Gervin /

3. George Gervin

The top-three San Antonio Spurs of all time are in a section of their own, given the positioning these players had in the NBA. It starts with George Gervin.

Gervin was purchased by the Spurs in the 1973-74 ABA season in one of the most bizarre and head-scratching transactions you’ll read. They paid a small sum to a struggling Virginia Squires franchise (they also sold Julius Erving for cash the year before) and received a legendary basketball player.

Before Gervin became the electric scorer everyone knows him for, he only averaged 19-24 points per game in his first four seasons. It was still among the best in basketball and came in his very early 20’s.

By age 25 in the 177-78 season, Gervin exploded. He put up 27.2 points per game, which led the league, and shot 53 percent from the field. Couple that with stats all across the board in rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals, and it made him a full contributor (h e would have been great for a fantasy team.

That’s hardly where it stops, though. The Iceman went on to lead the league in scoring three more times (1978-80, 1981-82). He maxed out at 33.1 points in 1979-80 and was one of the most feared offensive players of this time, which stretched into the mid-1980’s.

As the icing on the cake, Gervin made the All-Star Game in every season he played for the Spurs. He finished with that and a 26.3 points per game average for the franchise. Not bad, right?