San Antonio Spurs: 15 greatest defenders in franchise history

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15. George Johnson, Center

Spurs center George Johnson was one of the early big men to create a dominating presence in the paint with his shot-blocking ability. He only spent two seasons with the Spurs franchise, but his impact was felt nonetheless. He led the league in blocks per game in three seasons during his career, twice with the Spurs

Johnson was one of the members of the “Bruise Brothers”, a stout frontcourt of Dave Corzine, Mark Olberding, Reggie Johnson and Kevin Restani. Their nickname was an ode to “The Blues Brothers”, a movie that came out in the summer of 1980. They were responsible for creating an atmosphere of bone-rattling physical play in the paint for the Spurs on defense during the early 1980s.

During the 1980-81 season, Johnson was named to the NBA All-Defensive second-team as the team posted a 52-30 record. He blocked a career-high 13 shots against the Golden State Warriors on February 24 that season.

His style of play allowed him to lead the league in blocks per game in back-to-back seasons from 1980-82 with 3.4 blocks per game and 3.1 per contest respectively. During his short stint, he blocked a total of 512 shots as a member of the Spurs, ranking sixth all-time in franchise history.

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