Over the duration of the San Antonio Spurs’ longstanding history, some extremely noteworthy power forwards have planted roots in the Alamo City.
Although its oftentimes overlooked, the power forward position can make or break a professional basketball team. Tasked with defending and switching on multiple positions, the power forward provides a link between the versatile small forward and anchoring center in a frontcourt. With the highest pedigree that a professional sports organization could ask for, the San Antonio Spurs have had some interesting power forwards in their ranks.
The obvious choice is franchise cornerstone and fashion icon Tim Duncan, who established himself as the greatest player in the history of his position. There’s not much that can be said about Duncan that hasn’t already been noted – his poise and supremacy on the court was matched with quick wits and relentless leadership on the bench.
However, San Antonio has been home to a handful of elite power forwards since the seventies when the team transitioned through the ABA-NBA merger in 1976. Even with stars at the helm of the position, the Spurs have had plenty of role players like Boris Diaw and Robert Horry step in and play major roles for contending teams.
Some of the players in this top five could be debated based on their full careers, but we’ll only focus on these players’ careers in the Silver and Black, so accolades and accomplishments elsewhere will not be counted toward these rankings. Without further ado, the five greatest power forwards in Spurs franchise history.