3. Sean Elliott
Some people might say that Sean Elliott does not belong on a list of role players because of his two All-Star nods. So, let me go ahead and make a counterpoint: those two All-Star selections don’t qualify him as a star player. Instead, it puts him at the level of an elite role player.
Elliott was drafted third overall by the Spurs in the 1989 NBA Draft. In his rookie season, he put up 10 points per game. During his sophomore year, he was moved into the starting line up, and his offensive output improved steadily from there.
In 1993, he was traded to the Detroit Pistons for Dennis Rodman, where his production dropped to 12.1 points per game. He was traded back to the San Antonio Spurs once the season concluded and Elliott resumed his role as a solid scoring option, putting up 18 points per game during his comeback season and a career best twenty points per game the following year.
The elite sharpshooter is perhaps best remembered for his game winning three-pointer dubbed as the “Memorial Day Miracle” over Rasheed Wallace during the 1999 Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, a shot that no doubt helped push the team into the NBA Finals. The 6-foot-8 small forward ranks sixth in made three pointers in franchise history with 563 and his number 32 jersey hangs from the rafters.