Over the years, defense has been San Antonio’s trademark. So it’s not surprising that several players who wore the silver and black were named among the greatest defensive players in NBA history.
Included in the list are former San Antonio Spurs’ Maurice Cheeks (5th among point guards), Alvin Robertson, who the is only player in NBA history to record a quadruple-double with steals as one of the four categories was ranked 6th among shooting guards.
Defensive specialist Bruce Bowen, who won three championships with the Spurs was ranked third among small forwards, while Artis Gilmore and David Robinson were ranked 13th and 3rd respectively among NBA centers.
Here’s the take:
Is there anything that Mr. Fundamental can’t do? As good as Tim Duncan is on defense (obviously since he’s made 13 All-Defensive teams), he’s still underrated. Duncan has never led the league in blocked shots, but he generally manages to get the most value out of his blocks as they are often tipped to teammates to set up fast break opportunities.