The San Antonio Spurs have had some of the NBA’s elite rebounders over the past 40 years. Who had the five best totals in franchise history?
The San Antonio Spurs’ history of big men goes back to the 1970’s, in the days of the ABA. This stretched for almost every decade, resulting in some of the all-time greats to play in professional basketball.
These centers and power forwards showed great ability to rebound the basketball, becoming elite in this statistical category. Who were the five best to do this in a single season, however, for the Spurs?
No. 5 belongs to Tim Duncan, who averaged 12.9 rebounds per game in the 2002-03 season. This was Duncan’s career-high, as he also put up 23.3 points per game. The Spurs went on to win the 2003 NBA Finals.
The 1990-91 season had David Robinson rack up 13.0 rebounds per game. It was only his sophomore campaign in the NBA, as he broke out into one of the league’s best centers.
Swen Nater pulled in 16.4 rebounds per game, far exceeding Robinson, to take the No. 3 spot. This came in the 1974-75 ABA season. It was also Nater’s last year with the Spurs, before moving to the New York ABA franchise.
Dennis Rodman sits at No. 2, with 16.8 rebounds per game. He did this in the 1994-95 season, his second and final one in San Antonio. The Chicago Bulls then brought him in as its starting power forward and won three consecutive NBA championships (1996-98).
Rodman also has the top spot, as he outdid his rebounding numbers the year before. This was a sky-high 17.3 rebounds per game on the 1993-94 Spurs, after arriving in a trade with the Detroit Pistons.