With the NBA All-Star Weekend just around the corner, it’s time to look back at some of the San Antonio Spurs’ greatest performances in the All-Star Game.
The San Antonio Spurs have always been well represented in the NBA All-Star Game, and LaMarcus Aldridge will be the organization’s representative during this year’s festivities for the second straight year.
For years, the big three of Tim Duncan (15 All-Star games), Tony Parker (6 All-Star games), and Manu Ginobili (2 All-Star games) were staples of All-Star Weekend with a combined 23 appearances among them.
Before the big three, Hall of Famer David Robinson wore Spurs colors to 10 All-Star games and the legendary George Gervin made 12 All-Star appearances during the early years of San Antonio basketball.
With so many legendary performances on All-Star weekend, it was hard to narrow down the list.
However, I’ve come up with the top three All-Star game performances in Spurs history ahead of this weekend’s big game.
Next: George Gervin, 1980
George Gervin, 1980
George Gervin was in the prime of his career in the 1979-80 season as he scored a league-leading 33.1 points per game and carried the Spurs to the playoffs.
Gervin was named to the 1980 Eastern Conference All-Star roster and scored a game-high 34 points on 14-of-26 shooting with 10 rebounds and 3 assists in a thrilling 144-136 overtime win for the East.
Gervin was named MVP of the game for his efforts, which was the first All-Star MVP award won by a San Antonio Spur.
Gervin made 12 straight All-Star teams after being sold to the Spurs for $228,000 during the All-Star weekend of 1974, and he would eventually cement himself as one of the greatest players in San Antonio history.
Next: Tim Duncan, 2000
Tim Duncan, 2000
Tim Duncan took the league by storm making the All-Star game as a rookie in 1997-98, which has only been done 45 times in league history.
After being snubbed from the All-Star team in 1998-99, Duncan returned with a vengence for the 2000 festivities.
Duncan filled up the stat sheet with 24 points on 12-of-14 shooting with 14 rebounds and 4 assists, and was named co-MVP with Shaquille O’Neal.
Duncan clearly outplayed Shaq in every statistical category as the West won 137-126, but he was still forced to share the MVP trophy with one of his biggest rivals.
Duncan introduced himself as one of the league’s most dominant forces in just his third NBA season with an incredible All-Star game performance.
Next: Tim Duncan, 2015
Tim Duncan, 2015
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The 2015 All-Star game was Tim Duncan’s 15th and final appearance in basketball’s most star-studded weekend.
While he didn’t put up the same stats as he did when he won the MVP in the 2000 All-Star game, it was still a moment that Spurs fans will never forget.
Duncan only scored two points in the game, but his fourth quarter dunk brought the crowd to their feet as the West team claimed a 163-158 victory.
Duncan finished his All-Star game career at Madison Square Garden where he made his first All-Star appearance as a rookie in 1998.
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That symetry put a cap on Duncan’s all-time great career which ended the following season.