If the San Antonio Spurs could have any of their stars from the past back on this team, which would make the greatest impact on this specific roster?
Let’s enter a hypothetical world where NBA teams get to return one player who left a lasting impact on their franchise history to the current-day roster. This player is in their prime, prepped with knowledge of the playbook and ready to roll. This would leave the San Antonio Spurs’ front office with quite a harsh decision to make.
For some organizations, it’s easy — Michael Jordan to the Bulls, LeBron James to the Cavs, etc. For others, it’s not so cut and dried. While there’s a distinct choice as to who the greatest San Antonio Spurs player in history is, that’s not necessarily the best fit for this current roster, is it?
In this exercise, we’re not only taking a look at five of the most talented players in franchise history, but we’re evaluating this current roster’s needs. This is why someone as incredibly talented as George Gervin is getting left off the list. For as incredible as ‘The Iceman’ was in the prime of his playing days, the team already has a wing with a similar skill set in DeMar DeRozan.
So, which of the San Antonio Spurs’ greatest players of all-time would help this team get back into the playoffs? Well quite frankly, all of them would in different ways, but there’s a pecking order to consider. Let’s start with the franchise’s star point guard, whose talent and dedication made him a fan favorite.