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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SAN ANTONIO – JUNE 15: David Robinson
SAN ANTONIO – JUNE 15: David Robinson /

2. David Robinson

David Robinson is the greatest center to play for the San Antonio Spurs but was the best player in franchise history. He got eclipsed by the top player on this list.

Before we get to that person (it’s obvious by now), let’s look at the marvelous career Robinson had.

In 1987, the Spurs selected Robinson at No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft. They were forced to wait two years for him, due to Navy service, something that’s rarely heard of with incoming players anymore. However, given the extraordinary talent, he showed in college, it was worth it to sit back and let him arrive when ready.

When Robinson arrived for the 1989-90 season, he burst onto the scene. 24.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 blocks, and 1.7 steals made up his rookie season, which wasn’t too shabby. For the next eight years, almost everything topped that, though.

Robinson continued to get better with each season, including a peak year of 29.8 points and 10.7 rebounds in the 1993-94 season. He had a career-high 4.8 assists and put up an impressive 3.3 blocks (not as impressive as the 4.5 in 1991-92, but still very good). 22-10 numbers were also a consistent and normal thing for the Admiral, too, until the 1996-97 injury-riddled season.

By the 1998-99 season, Robinson’s skills were slowly declining. He was no longer a 20-10 guy, but still had 15 points and 10 rebounds. That year was also his first of two NBA championships, with the second one in his final season (2003).

Robinson was a dominant player around the rim for the Spurs, and has his No. 50 immortalized at the AT&T Center. It’s difficult to argue with anything he did in the NBA for 14 seasons.