Ranking 9 worst Spurs starters of the David Robinson era

Hopefully the Spurs do not have to start anyone this bad in the Victor Wembanyama era.
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8. Terry Porter

Porter was a two-time All-Star during his prime. The 6’3 guard was a seven-year starter for the Trail Blazers before becoming a backup for the Timberwolves and Heat. He was 36 years old before signing with the Spurs in 1999. San Antonio had just won the championship, and Porter was well past his prime but searching for his first ring.

The 6’3 guard averaged 9.4 points, 3.3 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game during his first season with the Spurs, but the team was bounced in the first round of the playoffs. Porter made eight starts in year one before getting 42 the following season. His minutes and production dipped, but he took over for Avery Johnson and even started all 13 playoff contests. San Antonio reached the conference finals, but Porter could only play 25 minutes per game.

The 6’3 guard was strictly a bench player in what turned into his final NBA season. His production further declined and the 38-year-old knew it was time to hang up the sneakers after 17 years in the league. The San Antonio Spurs were too slow in acquiring Terry Porter. He was a star during his prime but was a 20 to 25-minute per-game role player by the time he landed in Alamo.

The Spurs needed a better starter next to David Robinson and Tim Duncan. They proved it by winning the championship the year after Porter retired. The Admiral retired in 2003 and spent three of his final four years playing next to the 6’3 guard.