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Ranking 5 People who most defined Spurs culture

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When it comes to winning and being a model franchise, the San Antonio Spurs usually comes to mind for most fans. The Spurs have had a wide variety of personalities both on the floor and in their coaching staff.

A fascinating trait that the Spurs instill in their personnel is that they all remain humble despite their success. Behind all the trophies, banners, and records they hold, they never forget to give back to the communities around them.

Even players who spent their twilight years rocking the silver and black have stated their respect for the organization. Recently, Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady opened up about how he wished he would've played in San Antonio much earlier in his career.

Through this, the Spurs have become a legendary franchise -- not just in the NBA, but in all sports. The Spurs' culture goes way beyond the game of basketball. Their expertise in bonding, and not just on the court, is enough reason their culture is highly regarded as an outstanding organization throughout the basketball realm.

Over the years, five guys in particular have had a lasting impact on San Antonio's outstanding culture, starting with a lovable point guard that won a title with the Spurs in 1999.

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5. Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson is one of the most recognizable players who had suited up for the Spurs. After bouncing around the league, he found himself with the Spurs in 1994 and became a vital part of their legendary 1999 title run. Though small in stature, it didn't hinder him from stepping up and making big plays. Of course, everyone remembers his game-clinching jumper in Game 5 of the 1999 NBA Finals against the New York Knicks.

Spending 10 seasons as a Spur, Johnson would have his jersey retired in December 2007. It showed how much the organization values its players. Even though Johnson wasn't the best player on the court at times, his leadership became his bread and butter.

You know, we won a championship with Tim [Duncan] and Dave [Robinson], but I don't think we'd win the championship without your drive every day," said Sean Elliott to Avery in an interview. "Because you didn't let us take a day off in practice. Every practice was intense for us, and that changed everything for us. And then our mentality in the games was different because of the way you brought that intensity."

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