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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21. Malik Rose

Malik Rose will never stand out as an elite player in San Antonio Spurs history. He had just one season of double-digit points and played a role on some very good-to-great Spurs teams, but was effective at his job and contributed toward championships.

Rose’s run with the Spurs dates back to 1997-98, when he signed after the 1996-97 season. He provided forward depth near the end of the bench, and didn’t see much time — even in the 1999 title-winning season.

By the 1999-00 season, Rose’s usage increased. He played 74 games and became a full-time role player, spelling Tim Duncan at power forward. A solid 6.7 points and 4.5 rebounds were produced, an average that remained similar until the 2002-03 season.

In the noted year, Rose had what turned out to be his best season. He averaged 10.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and started 13 games. It was contributions toward the team’s second championship.

For the next one-and-a-half seasons, Rose continued as a role player, before getting moved near the 2005 NBA Trade Deadline for a package that included Nazr Mohammed (via trade with the New York Knicks). That year’s Spurs won the title, so Rose barely missed a third ring.

Rose played parts of eight, effective seasons on the Spurs. It won’t get him historical notoriety, but as a consistent player that had a part on the elite early-2000’s teams.

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