Ever since they drafted Tim Duncan nearly 20 years ago, the San Antonio Spurs have been the most successful organization in the NBA.
They've won five championships and appeared in six finals. They never ever miss the postseason. But if someone were to compile an all-time Spurs starting five, would any players before Duncan's era make it?
According to Yahoo NBA writer Kelly Dwyer the answer is yes, and Hall of Fame center David Robinson is one of them:
"A two-time champion, ten-time All-Star (with two other guaranteed All-Star spots denied by injury and labor strife), and San Antonio's third-leading all-time scorer, second-leading rebounder, and all-time steals leader despite playing in the pivot. Led the NBA in scoring at nearly 30 points per game in 1994 and finished his Spurs career with averages of 21.1 points per game alongside 10.6 rebounds and 4.4 combined blocks/steals."
Holy moly, Robinson was really good. The Admiral eventually shared the spotlight with Duncan, and the two briefly terrorized the league together before Robinson's retirement in 2003 (immediately after he won a second ring).
This is a starting five few teams could ever compete with.