19. Vinny Del Negro
Vinny Del Negro will be known by modern-day NBA fans as a head coach who didn’t last with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers. He was succeeded by Tom Thibodeau and Doc Rivers, respectively.
However, through the 1990’s, Del Negro was a decent basketball player, making a name for himself on the San Antonio Spurs. He did this from 1992-98.
Del Negro stepped in at shooting guard for the 1990’s Spurs, aligning with David Robinson, Sean Elliott, and Avery Johnson. Next to them, he played his shooting guard role up to par, by hitting 36 percent of his shots from behind the arc, including 40 percent of them in the 1994-95 season.
In 1995-96, Del Negro had a career-high 49.7 percent shooting percentage and 14.5 points per game. It was in a peak year at age 29, and provided him these numbers in a 59-23 season.
Unfortunately for Del Negro, he missed the Spurs’ 1999 championship season. He left for the Milwaukee Bucks in free agency and immediately fell into a bench role for the rest of his NBA career.
Del Nego played a steady role on some of San Antonio’s top teams of the 1990’s. He scored, dished out some assists and became an important player for a handful of years.