The San Antonio Spurs organization has always been known for its longevity and loyalty to its players. The Spurs treat their great players very well. There have been 10 Spurs who have had their jersey number retired. Those ten players spent a total of 143 seasons in the league and 125 of those seasons were spent with the Silver and Black. Once players come to San Antonio, they usually don’t leave.
The current Spurs only have one All-Star and are without any Hall of Fame talent like Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, or David Robinson. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have “lifers” already in the organization. Of the 13 Spurs who are not rookies and don’t spend time in Austin, only a handful have suited up for other teams.
More than half of the current roster has only ever played in San Antonio, and there is a small handful of players we can expect will play in the Alamo City their entire professional career.
Joshua Primo Has Already Been Embraced by the City
When Joshua Primo was drafted by the Spurs 12th overall I did not know who he was. I did a quick scan of his college stats and was not pleased at all with the pick. Who was this guy? The Spurs used a rare lottery pick to select a shooting guard who was not a full-time starter and didn’t score double-digit points on a nightly basis. I was livid. And most Spurs fans agreed with me.
Since then, Primo has proven all of the doubters wrong. His performances in Austin have regularly been full of highlights and smart shot selection, and he has shown some excellent flashes on both ends of the court in his limited time with San Antonio.
Coach Popovich has made it known that the Spurs will gradually develop their young star until he is ready to enter the league, which suggests that there will be a huge payoff when he is ready, as far away as that might be. Primo has already shown some improvement and development in areas that aren’t emphasized at the college level, so it will be very interesting to see where he goes in the coming seasons.
Fans have quickly embraced the young Canadian. When the fiesta jerseys dropped this season, he was one of the first to sell out even though his playing time is limited. Fans chant his name when he checks into the game, and even the most basic jump shot is met with thunderous applause.
So far, it seems like all the doubters (myself included) are very happy with the pick. Fans and the coaching staff have shown Primo all the support he could want. The environment is healthy, and Primo will be welcome to call Texas home as long as he wants.