San Antonio Spurs History

7 Players Who Retired as Champions with the San Antonio Spurs

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From 1999 to 2014, the San Antonio Spurs took five NBA championships home on the backs of their Big Three -- Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. The dominance of the trio plus Gregg Popovich at the helm made it possible for many players who'd been unable to win a title to get their ring in the Alamo City before calling it a career.

All in all, 40 players outside of the Big Three were on the rosters for the five titles, ranging from All-Stars to end-of-the-bench guys. In October, I tried my hand at ranking every single one of them and their importance to championship success for the Spurs.

To tip off Spurs Championship Week, I wanted to look at the guys who went out on top as champions with San Antonio, getting some nice jewelry to take into retirement. In no particular order, here are the men who went on to call it a day after getting their ring with the Spurs.

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1. Andrew Gaze, 1999 - 1 NBA Championship

It doesn't get much more fortunate than playing 26 total games in the NBA and still retiring a champion. That's exactly what Andrew Gaze did in 1999. After a brief seven-game stint with the Washington Bullets in 1993, Gaze shined in Australia until the Spurs came calling him six years later.

Appearing in 19 regular season games at the age of 33, Gaze scored 21 total points in San Antonio, with 15 of those coming from 3-point range. The last time he saw action in the league was on April 3, 1999 -- well before that season's playoffs. On June 25, 1999, the Australian legend won his first and only NBA Championship, then promptly went back to being one of the best players in Australian basketball history.