Everyone in today’s modern era knows all about Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. The big three were legendary for helping to bring four championships to San Antonio, while Duncan was a contributor for five titles. Parker and Ginobili knew their roles, which is why they are not ranked in the top-10 for best scoring average. What we never talk about is how dominant George Gervin was back in the day.
Gervin could have done what today’s players do and joined a superteam, but he stayed loyal to his franchise. Gervin’s stats tell a Hall of Fame story, while two of these players on the top-10 own half of the spots on the quadruple-double list.
Here are the 10 best scorers in San Antonio Spurs history.
10. Alvin Robertson - 16.2 PPG
(5 Seasons, 1985-1989)
Robertson was known for his defense, where he led the league in steals and once earned Defensive Player of the Year. He currently ranks third all-time in steals in franchise history, where he set the NBA record (since broken by Chris Paul) for steals in 105 consecutive games. He is one of seven players in Spurs’ history to have been selected to the first, second, and third All-NBA teams.
A multi-dimensional player, Boertson is one of four NBA players to record a quadruple-double when he recorded 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 steals for the Spurs against the Suns in 1986. He is also the only non-center to record a quadruple-double.
9. Kawhi Leonard - 16.4 PPG
(7 Seasons, 2012-2018)
Regarded as one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA, Leonard is capable of guarding three different positions. Because of his abilities, he is a former Defensive Player of the Year. While providing the Spurs with top-notch defense, he was also someone that gave the team over 20 points per game.
He has developed an elite offensive game over the years. He is capable of hitting shots from midrange and three-point range. He can post up his opponents and shoot pull-up jumpers. Leonard was also the 2014 NBA Finals MVP. Had Leonard not gotten hurt in the 2017 Western Conference Finals, he might have led the team past the Warriors.
8. Walter Berry - 17.5 PPG
(2 Seasons, 1987-1988)
Berry is a former No. 14 overall pick from the 1986 NBA Draft. He was taken by the Trail Blazers; however, he did not want to play for Portland and was then traded to the Spurs in exchange for Kevin Duckworth. Barry played in the NBA from 1986 to 1989.
While with the Spurs, he did not get along with coach Larry Brown. He was also later released by the Nets in his career after failing to follow team policy. Berry had a successful career in the EuroLeague, but had he been more collaborative, he might have been in the NBA much longer.
7. Tim Duncan - 19.0 PPG
(19 Seasons, 1998-2016)
Duncan was a power forward that could also play center thanks to his 6-foot-11 stature and 250-pound weight. Duncan owns a career double-double in points and rebounds. He is considered one of the most consistent players in the NBA. Along with his top-notch interior rebounding, he also ranks as one of the top scorers and shot blockers. At the end of his final season, Duncan ranked first in regular-season point-rebound double-doubles among active players.
Duncan would have scored more points if not for his free throw shooting, which was less than 70%. With that said, Duncan was a clutch player, having won three Finals MVP Awards. Because of his versatility and success, many believe that Duncan finished his NBA career as the greatest power forward of all time.
6. LaMarcus Aldridge - 19.5 PPG
(6 Seasons, 2015-2020)
When Aldridge joined the Spurs, he was coming off a successful tenure with the Portland Trail Blazers. Later on, in his Spurs career, he reached 18,000 career points and became the only player in the league with 18,000 career points and 7,500 rebounds since 2006, which was the year he was drafted. There were times that Aldridge would just absolutely wow you on the court.
Once he scored 48 points and added 13 rebounds in a win over the Celtics. His career-high was 56 points. Aldridge never played in the NBA Finals but made the Western Conference Finals in 2017. Had Kawhi Leonard not gotten hurt, there are many believe many that believe the Spurs would have given the Warriors a tough series.
5. Mike Mitchell - 20.1 PPG
(7 Seasons, 1982-1988)
A former All-Star, Mitchell was in the top ten in scoring four times and the top ten in minutes three times. Among other career spotlights, he led the Spurs in scoring in 1984-1985. That marked his only season in which George Gervin played on the Spurs and did not lead the team in scoring. He outscored Gervin’s 21.2 points with his 22.2 points per game.
Mitchell averaged 19.8 points in his NBA career. His 9,799 total points are seventh-most in team history. The names ahead of him are some pretty impressive people. Given that Mitchell was not the top option at the time of his tenure, some might have forgotten how underrated he was.
4. David Robinson - 21.0 PPG
(14 Seasons, 1990-2003)
Robinson owned tremendous mobility for a player that played in the post. He possessed the ability to finish, speed, and ball-handling. He had great hands-on offense and defense. He was truly unstoppable on both sides of the floor. He could throw down vicious dunks and block shots at the same time. He also had a pretty good mid-range jump shot as well.
Robinson averaged 21.1 points per game and 10.7 rebounds in 987 games in his NBA career. He is also one of a very small group of players to have scored over 20,000 career points in the NBA, as well as being one of four players to record a quadruple-double. He is also one of only six players to record 70 or more points in a game.
3. Larry Kenon - 21.1 PPG
(4 Seasons, 1977-1980)
Kenon had his best years with the Spurs alongside Gervin. In his four seasons, he played with Gervin after the ABA-NBA merger. Both averaged over 20 points per game. In those four seasons, Kenon averaged 21.9, 20.6, 22.1, and 20.1 points per game. He also made the All-Star team in back-to-back years in 1978 and 1979.
He also averaged at least 10.7 rebounds in each of his four seasons. His best season came with 12.0 rebounds in 1976-1977. After the 1979-1980 season, he signed with the Bulls. His totals went down once he left. In his seven NBA seasons, he scored 8,535 points. His total with the ABA was 12,954 points.
2. DeMar DeRozan - 21.6 PPG
(3 Seasons, 2019-2021)
DeRozan has been stacking the scoring sheet for some time now. DeRozan currently ranks in the top among scoring leaders with the Bulls and finished his Raptors career as the all-time leading scorer. Without trading DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors may not have a title. DeRozan was a fan favorite in Toronto, but he quickly won over the fans in San Antonio.
He became the first San Antonio player to score in double figures in each of his first 22 games since David Robinson did as a rookie in 1989. He later became the first San Antonio player to record a triple-double at home since Tim Duncan in 2003. Then, he was the first Spurs player to have at least 15 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in a half since Duncan in 2007.
1. George Gervin - 27.3 PPG
(9 Seasons, 1977-1985)
Right before the last ABA season, the Spurs acquired star power forward Larry Kenon. With Kenon by his side, Gervin formed a dominant offensive one-two punch to help the Spurs contend for a championship. The Spurs were one win away from winning the 1976 ABA Finals before falling to the New York Nets and Julius Erving.
Gervin produced his first NBA scoring title in 1977-1978, where he narrowly beat out David Thompson by 0.07 points. Thompson scored a memorable 73 points on the final night, Gervin was able to maintain his slight lead of 63 points by scoring 33 points in the second quarter. With the scoring title in hand, he sat out some of the third and all of the fourth quarter. What stands out about Gervin the most, is that despite disappointing playoff eliminations and not making the Finals, Gervin was committed to the Spurs. Gervin ultimately led the NBA in scoring four times (three times in a row from 1978-1980), but will also be remembered as a loyal player to the franchise.
Most Points In San Antonio Spurs History
Here are the ten players with the most points in Spurs history.
1. Tim Duncan - 26,496
2. George Gervin - 23,602
3. David Robinson - 20,790
4. Tony Parker - 18,943
5. Manu Ginobili - 14,043
6. James Silas - 10,290
7. Mike Mitchell - 9,799
8. Sean Elliott - 9,659
9. Larry Kenon - 8,248
10. LaMarcus Aldridge - 7,325