The best player to wear each jersey number for the San Antonio Spurs

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#28: Charles Bassey

Bassey only suited up in 35 games for the Spurs last season before a fractured patellar tendon ended his first go-round in San Antonio. Believe it or not, the Nigerian center has more points, rebounds, and blocks than any other player who has worn this uncommon number with the Silver and Black.

#27: Caldwell Jones

Our only choices here were Nicolas Laprovittola and Caldwell Jones, and the latter earned this crown for playing more games with the Spurs than his challenger. The former All-Star spent his final season as a backup in San Antonio, capping a successful career that stretched from 1973 to 1990.

#26: Dominick Barlow

You might be shocked to see Barlow crack this list, but he is the sole player to sport this number while playing for the Spurs. The teenage forward showcased enticing two-way potential as a rookie, and his sophomore season should be fascinating as he fights for a consistent role in the rotation.

#25: Jakob Poeltl

Though a handful of household names like Robert Horry, Doc Rivers, and Steve Kerr have chosen this number since the Spurs merged into the NBA in 1976, no one was more impactful than Poeltl. He saw his fair share of losses, but his defense and screen setting offered San Antonio structure.

#24: Devin Vassell

Vassell is entering his fourth season with the Silver and Black, but he has already established himself as a core member of their rebuild. The 23-year-old swingman was on the brink of a breakout last year, and he will have an excellent opportunity to contend for the Most Improved Player Award.

#23: Zach Collins

Deciding on a suitable placeholder here was surprisingly straightforward despite this being the most popular number in franchise history. Zach Collins has missed 73 games over his first two seasons on the Spurs, but he has been a serviceable starter and fantastic stretch five when fully healthy.

#22: Tiago Splitter

Spurs fans will never forget the pristine short-roll passing and suffocating post defense Tiago Splitter provided San Antonio during their 2014 NBA Championship. The Brazilian big man earned his spot on this historic directory for his willingness to do all the little things that impact winning.

#21: Tim Duncan

Duncan is the best player to wear the Silver and Black regardless of the number on the front and back of their jersey. Landing the Big Fundamental set everything in motion for San Antonio, and he became the bedrock of their dynasty from the second he walked through the doors of this organization.

#20: Manu Ginobili

Did anyone expect to see another name here? Ginobili is one of two players in basketball history with an Olympic gold medal, a EuroLeague title, and an NBA championship. The Argentine All-Star formed a daunting trio with Duncan and Parker and he was the best sixth man the game has ever seen.