San Antonio Spurs: Career games played leaders in franchise history

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMEBR 18: R.C. Buford, Gregg Popovich and Manu Ginobili
SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMEBR 18: R.C. Buford, Gregg Popovich and Manu Ginobili /

Which player appeared in the most games in the history of the San Antonio Spurs franchise?

In the history of the San Antonio Spurs, some of the NBA’s greatest players have passed through the organization. Plenty of them contributed to championships in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014, along with All-Star appearances, All-NBA acclaim and other accolades.

These accolades were built in the regular season, the opportunity for the Spurs to build up their record and get that top seed in the NBA Playoffs. Some of it can be tied to health, which the Silver and Black had with most of their top players in their respective primes.

With that said, which Spurs contributed the most in the regular season in games played? Let’s take a look at the top 10 (these numbers are subject to change since Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are still active players):

  1. Tim Duncan: 1,392
  2. Tony Parker: 1,175
  3. Manu Ginobili: 1,035
  4. David Robinson: 987
  5. George Gervin: 899
  6. Sean Elliott: 669
  7. Avery Johnson: 644
  8. Matt Bonner: 632
  9. Bruce Bowen: 630
  10. James Silas: 618

To no surprise, Duncan takes the top spot on this list. However, if Parker continues to play for three more years, he will come close to or break this break, barring injury or the “DNP-Rest” games.

At 40, Ginobili likely will not get further than No. 3. He has this spot locked down, though, with the next seven players all retired from the NBA.

Robinson and Gervin, two NBA legends, fill out the top five. Each was a landmark player in San Antonio’s franchise history. Elliott, Johnson, Bonner, Bowen and Silas were all major contributor’s in the playoffs and championships, too (Silas was the only one to not win a title).

If Kawhi Leonard sticks around for another few years, he should have no issue cracking this list. That depends on health, of course, as he has played in just nine games in the 2017-18 season.

Next: Top 25 players in Spurs history

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