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An algorithmic Spurs 50 for 50


Inspired by the awesome PtR Spurs 50 for 50 project, I decided to take a crack on my own. As someone who started following the NBA after the merger, and came to Spurs fandom even later, many of the players will be unfamiliar to me. So I went for an algorithmic approach, to get a list of the players who had the best Spurs basketball careers by the metrics chosen.

Obviously such a simplistic approach will get a quick view that is devoid of context, so this is not meant to replace this project in any way. It might be a starting point to promote conversation on the topic.

To measure career impact, the metrics chosen were Win Shares and Value Over Replacement Player from the excellent Basketball Reference site. 82 players with 3 or more "seasons" listed by Basketball Reference on the Spurs (either NBA or ABA) were ranked counting only the part of their career on the Spurs by both metrics, and sorted by the geometric mean of the ranks for the two metrics, with ties broken by greater fraction of career on the Spurs.

Here is the list, with years on Spurs and where they are on the 50 for 50 list so far:

  1. Tim Duncan (1997-2016)
  2. David Robinson (1989-2003)
  3. Manu Ginobili (2002-2018)
  4. Tony Parker (2001-2018)
  5. George Gervin (1973-1985)
  6. Kawhi Leonard (2011-2018)
  7. James Silas (1972-1981)*
  8. Sean Elliot (1989-1993;1994--2001)
  9. Avery Johnson (1990-1992;1993-1994;1995-2001)
  10. Danny Green (2010-2018)
  11. LaMarcus Aldridge (2015-2021)
  12. Alvin Robertson (1984-1989)
  13. Artis Gilmore (1982-1987)
  14. Johnny Moore (1980-1988;1989-1990)
  15. Larry Kenon (1975-1980)
  16. Patty Mills (2011-2021)
  17. Billy Paultz (1975-1980;1982-1983)
  18. Bruce Bowen (2001-2009)
  19. Matt Bonner (2006-2016)
  20. Willie Anderson (1988-1995)
  21. Vinny Del Negro (1992-1998)
  22. Gene Banks (1981-1985)
  23. Mark Olberding (1975-1982)
  24. Demar DeRozan (2018-2021)
  25. Brent Barry (2004-2008)
  26. Dejounte Murray (2016-2022)
  27. Coby Dietrick (1972-1979; 1982-1983)*
  28. Jakob Poeltl (2018-present)
  29. Tiago Splitter (2010-2015)
  30. Mike Gale (1975-1981)
  31. Pau Gasol (2016-2019)
  32. Robert Horry (2003-2008)
  33. Terry Cummings (1989-1995)
  34. Mike Mitchell (1981-1988)
  35. Boris Diaw (2011-2016)
  36. Antonio Daniels (1998-2002)
  37. Malik Rose (1997-2005)
  38. Michael Finley (2005-2010)
  39. Terry Porter (1999-2002)
  40. Rod Strickland (1989-1992) (50)
  41. Derrick White (2017-2022)
  42. George Hill (2008-2011)
  43. Kyle Anderson (2014-2018)
  44. Richard Jefferson (2009-2012)
  45. Rasho Nesterovic (2003-2006)
  46. DeJuan Blair (2009-2013)
  47. Rudy Gay (2017-2021)
  48. Paul Griffin (1979-1983)
  49. Allan Bristow (1975-1979)
  50. Will Perdue (1995-1999)
  51. Chuck Person (1994-1998)
  52. Frank Brickowski (1986-1990)
  53. Marco Belinelli (2013-2015; 2018-2020)
  54. Davis Bertans (2016-2019)
  55. Dave Greenwood (1985-1989; 1990-1991)
  56. Jaren Jackson (1997-2001) (49)
  57. Fabricio Oberto (2005-2009)
  58. Cory Joseph (2011-2015)
  59. Antoine Carr (1991-1994)
  60. Keldon Johnson (2019-present)
  61. George Karl (1973-1978)
  62. Johnny Dawkins (1986-1989)
  63. Gary Neal (2010-2013) (48)
  64. Stephen Jackson (2001-2003; 2011-2013)
  65. Danny Ferry (2000-2003)
  66. J.R. Reid (1993-1996)
  67. Steve Kerr (1998-2001;2002-2003)
  68. Louie Dampier (1976-1979)
  69. Bryn Forbes (2016-2020;2021-2022)
  70. Drew Eubanks (2018-2022)
  71. Devin Brown (2002-2003;2003-2005)
  72. Greg Anderson (1987-1989;1995-1997)
  73. Kevin Restani (1979-1982)
  74. Edgar Jones (1982-1985)
  75. Beno Udrih (2004-2007) (HM)
  76. Jon Sundvold (1985-1988)
  77. Ron Brewer (1980-1982;1983-1985)
  78. Monty Williams (1995-1998)
  79. Roger Phegley (1981-1984)
  80. Lonnie Walker IV (2018-2022)
  81. Tony Massenburg (1990-1992; 2004-2005)
  82. Carl Herrera (1995-1998)
*Includes Win Shares for Dallas Chaparrals for 1972-1973

Any surprises on the list? And since the list was manually collected, omissions and errors are certainly possible. Feel free to note any in the comments.

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