San Antonio Spurs History

7 Players Who Retired as Champions with the San Antonio Spurs

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5. Jackie Butler, 2007 - 1 NBA Championship

Jackie Butler only showed up in 11 total games for the San Antonio Spurs in 2007 and got to retire an NBA champion despite never having played a single playoff minute. Still he did some pretty good things in his limited time on the court.

Butler made 16 of his 35 attempts from the field and 9 of 10 free throws, with his best game being a 12-point night against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Although he played on the Rockets' 2007 summer league team after the Spurs won the title, he was waived in the preseason and never saw NBA minutes again.

6. Damion James, 2014 - 1 NBA Championship

Damion James played so little that I didn't even have a picture of him available to me. In fact, I've been an avid fan of the Spurs since 1996 and I honestly can't remember this guy at all. Still, according to Basketball Reference, he won a ring with San Antonio in 2014.

Damion played for 50 total minutes in the regular season for the Spurs, scoring six points and nabbing 12 rebounds.

James bounced around the summer league before finishing his basketball career overseas in 2018.

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7. Glenn Robinson, 2005 - 1 NBA Championship

It's fitting that we end on yet another player who wasn't able to win a title until his final season. Of course, Glenn Robinson was far from a scrub in the NBA. A career 20.7 points-per-game scorer, he had two NBA All-Star appearances and probably should've had more in the 10 seasons he spent before heading to San Antonio.

The most impressive thing about Robinson's extremely brief time with the Spurs is that still had an impact in the playoffs despite joining the team in the same month they started their playoff run.

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Still, Robinson had a 16-point game in the playoffs to open up the second-round series against the SuperSonics on 5-of-8 shooting. He retired with his one and only title after the Spurs closed the Pistons out in the 2005 NBA Finals.

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