Basketball The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft  

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List Rules Vote based only on career success with the San Antonio Spurs. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

San Antonio Spurs first-round draft picks have helped the franchise become one of the NBA's longest-standing dynasties. Spurs draft picks David Robinson, Tim Duncan, and Tony Parker, some of the best basketball players of all time, led the team to five championships under Gregg Popovich, one of the best head coaches in the NBA.

San Antonio’s run of making the postseason for decades without a break has slowed down its ability to get high first-round picks, but the Spurs have managed to make the most of their lower draft picks, such as Dejounte Murray and George Hill.

So, which of these players had the strongest overall impact on the Spurs franchise? The stats below only reflect the players’ time spent with San Antonio, and that’s what you should base your vote on. Did this player help the Spurs improve?

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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 1 (1997)

Stats
1,392 games played, 19.0 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.2 bpg

Achievements
5× NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005)
2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2002, 2003)
15× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2011, 2013, 2015)
10× All-NBA First Team (1998–2005, 2007, 2013)
3× All-NBA Second Team (2006, 2008, 2009)
2× All-NBA Third Team (2010, 2015)
8× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1999–2003, 2005, 2007, 2008)
7× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1998, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1998)

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David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 1 (1987)

Stats
987 games played, 21.1 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 3.0 bpg

Achievements
2× NBA champion (1999, 2003)
NBA Most Valuable Player (1995)
10× NBA All-Star (1990–1996, 1998, 2000, 2001)
4× All-NBA First Team (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996)
2× All-NBA Second Team (1994, 1998)
4× All-NBA Third Team (1990, 1993, 2000, 2001)
NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1992)
4× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996)
4× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1990, 1993, 1994, 1998)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1990)

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Tiago Splitter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 28 (2007)

Stats
311 games played, 8.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 apg

Achievements
NBA champion (2014)

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Sean Elliott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (1989)

Stats
669 games played, 14.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.5 apg

Achievements
NBA champion (1999)
2× NBA All-Star (1993, 1996)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1990)

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Willie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 10 (1988)

Stats
451 games played, 13.2 ppg, 4.2 apg, 4.0 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1989)

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Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 28 (2001)

Stats
1,198 games played, 15.8 ppg, 5.7 apg, 2.8 rpg

Achievements
4× NBA champion (2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
NBA Finals MVP (2007)
6× NBA All-Star (2006, 2007, 2009, 2012–2014)
3× All-NBA Second Team (2012–2014)
All-NBA Third Team (2009)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2002)

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Dejounte Murray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 29 (2016)

Stats
119 games played, 6.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2018)

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Alvin Robertson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 7 (1984)

Stats
389 games played, 16.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 5.4 apg, 2.9 spg

Achievements
3× NBA All-Star (1986–1988)
All-NBA Second Team (1986)
NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1986)
NBA All-Defensive First Team (1987)
3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1986, 1988, 1989)
NBA Most Improved Player (1986)

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Derrick White is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 29 (2017)

Stats
84 games played, 8.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.2 apg

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George Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 26 (2008)

Stats
231 games played, 9.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.4 apg

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Cory Joseph is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 29 (2011)

Stats
205 games played, 5.2 ppg, 1.9 apg

Achievements
NBA champion (2014)

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Cadillac Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 23 (1987)

Stats
292 games played, 8.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1988)

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Ian Mahinmi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 28 (2005)

Stats
32 games played, 3.8 ppg

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Beno Udrih is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 28 (2004)

Stats
207 games played, 5.2 ppg

Achievements
2× NBA champion (2005, 2007)

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Kyle Anderson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 30 (2014)

Stats
257 games played, 4.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg

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James Anderson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 20 (2010)

Stats
87 games played, 3.7 ppg

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Lonnie Walker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 18 (2018)

Stats
17 games played, 2.6 ppg

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Wiley Peck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 19 (1979)

Stats
52 games played, 3.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg

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Frankie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Frankie Sanders

Draft selection: 20 (1978)

Stats
22 games played, 6.0 ppg

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Cory Alexander is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 29 (1995)

Stats
177 games played, 5.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg

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Johnny Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 10 (1986)

Stats
178 games played, 10.3 ppg, 5.6 apg

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John Paxson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 19 (1983)

Stats
127 games played, 4.9 ppg, 2.9 apg

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Alfredrick Hughes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 14 (1985)

Stats
68 games played, 5.2 ppg

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Felipe López is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 24 (1998)

Stats
Never played for Spurs

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Dwayne Schintzius is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Antonio Spurs First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 24 (1990)

Stats
42 games played, 3.8 ppg