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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SACRAMENTO, CA – MARCH 24: Willie Anderson
SACRAMENTO, CA – MARCH 24: Willie Anderson /

18. Willie Anderson

In 1988-89, the San Antonio Spurs brought Willie Anderson in as the No. 10 overall pick. He came in during some of the team’s lowest years of the 1980’s, which came after George Gervin’s departure and the long-awaited wait for 1987 No. 1 overall pick David Robinson.

In Anderson’s rookie season, he flashed terrific upside, with 18.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. It earned him a NBA All-Rookie First team award in 1989, and seemed to display brighter things to come.

By the 1989-90 season when Robinson arrived, Anderson’s production slipped; probably with good reason since the Admiral took over the offense and became one of the NBA’s best players of the 1990’s. It went to 15.7 points per game, but with a cool 49.2 shooting percentage from the field. Couple that with stats stuffed in rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks, and it gave the Spurs a solid piece to play a sidekick role.

Anderson remained productive until the 1993-94 season, before seeing his play slip and miss a majority of games in the 1994-95 campaign. That led to him getting selected in the 1995 expansion draft by the Toronto Raptors.

Anderson finished his Spurs career with 13.2 points, 4.2 assists, and 4.0 rebounds. It wasn’t the work of a top-end player, but someone who did everything well.