The San Antonio Spurs are the team for building and growing Hall of Famers! With 8 Hall of Fame inductees to date, there is no question that they will continue to add to the list.
As of 2017, the Hall of Fame inductees who have once played for the San Antonio Spurs sometime in their career are Cliff Hagan, George Gervin, Moses Malone, Dominique Wilkins, David Robinson, Artis Gilmore, Dennis Rodman, and Louie Dampier.
Shooting guard, Cliff Hagan was the first ever Hall of Fame inductee from the San Antonio Spurs. However, during his time of induction, the Spurs weren’t yet known as the Spurs. In fact, they weren’t yet centered in San Antonio! In case you aren’t up to date on your Spurs trivia, they were named the Dallas Chaparrals, and were a part of The ABA (American Basketball Association) before the ABA-NBA merger.
Hagan picked up the nickname “Little Abner” during his time on the St. Louis Hawks thanks to a Hawks broadcaster named Buddy Blattner. During his time on the Hawks, he led the team to five western division titles and the 1958 NBA championship. Talk about Hall of Famer!
Hagan finished off his prolific 13-year NBA career on the Dallas Chaparrals as a player-coach for two years – dropping a whopping 40 points his first game – and a coach for one year. He scored an amazing 14,780 points, 5,555 rebounds, and 2,646 assists through his career. Hagan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978, and the Spurs are more than glad to claim Hagan as one of their own.
San Antonio Spurs shooting guard and small forward, George Gervin, is number 3 on the list of most scoring championships, behind only Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan. His NBA career spanned from 1972 to 1990. He played on the San Antonio Spurs from 1974 to 1985. During that time, he picked up the nickname, “The Iceman,” because of his lack of frustration even when tensions between the spurs teammates arose.
In his nine years on the San Antonio Spurs, he helped the Spurs gain five division titles. Gervin won four scoring titles in five years, earned five selections to the All-NBA First Team, and appeared in nine straight NBA All-Star Games. He scored a whopping 26,595 points in his career! Gervin is said to be one of the greatest shooting guards of all time.
His number 44 jersey has since been retired by the Spurs. In 1996, Gervin was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and he was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Center Moses Malone played for an abounding ten teams during his 21-year career. He ended his career in 1995 with the San Antonio Spurs, the last stop on his professional basketball trail. During the final game of his NBA career, he hit an 80-foot buzzer-beating three-point shot against the Charlotte Hornets, winning the game for his team. Malone has three MVP trophies, eight all-NBA selections, 29,580 points (seventh all-time), 17,834 rebounds (third), and 13 All-Star appearances. He was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. Malone considers himself not a great player, but a hard worker.
This 6’8” small forward spent a brief time of only a year with the Spurs, but was a consistent scorer, averaging 18.2 points a game. Wilkins is regarded as one of the best dunkers of all time, which is where he earned his nickname, the Human Highlight Film. Wilkins had a dunk that would leave the crowd in awe. He is considered to be the inspiration for a lot of great dunkers today!
Wilkins won two of the five dunk contests that he participated in, even beating Michael Jordan in 1985. His career boasts nine NBA All-Star games 26,668 points and 7,169 rebounds ranking him 13th overall. He was deservedly inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Robinson was drafted to the San Antonio Spurs in 1989. He stuck with the Spurs his entire 14 years in the NBA. What’s interesting about Robinson is his previous military experience as a Lieutenant in the Navy. In fact, Robinson was eligible for the NBA draft in 1987. However, in order to fulfill his Navy obligation, the Spurs had to wait until 1989 to pick him up.
His first season in the NBA, he was awarded Rookie of the Month the entire 6 months of the season. During his fourth season with the Spurs, Robinson appeared in all 82 games playing a total of 3,211 minutes, which was a record for the Spurs at the time.
Robinson is not only known for his action on the court, but his action off the court as a philanthropist. In 2001, Robinson founded and funded the $9 million Carver Academy, a non-profit private school that provides opportunities for inner-city children in San Antonio.
Robinson is one of the most decorated and prolific players to ever play for the Spurs. In his last season with the Spurs, he played a beneficial role in leading his to win the 2003 NBA championship. He was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame In 2009, and the U.S. Olympic hall of fame in 2008.
Artis Gilmore’s NBA career spanned from 1971 to 1989. He played for the Spurs from 1982 to 1987. He even played 670 games consecutively before. Now, that’s a hard worker!
Gilmore was known for his ability to pack a shot. Considering he is an impressive 7’2’, this is no surprise. If a player saw Gilmore near the net, they might think twice before going up for a lay-up. During his time in the ABA, he was a record breaking blocker with 750 total blocks in one season.
After 909 regular-season games, Gilmore left the NBA with 24,941 points,16,330 rebounds 1,747 blocked shots and 3,050 assists. He played in six NBA-All Star games and was elected to the in Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
Dennis Rodman, the great rebounder, played in the NBA from 1986 to 2006. He played with the San Antonio Spurs from 1993 to1995. Rodman is known for his “bad-boy” persona, that includes daring hair colors and a collection of piercings. He even had a quick career stint with professional wrestling!
During his 1994 to1995 season with the San Antonio Spurs, Rodman missed 19 games due to suspensions and leaves of absence. Despite missing so many games, Rodman was still able to end the season with 823 rebounds, and win his fourth straight rebounding title by averaging 16.8 boards a game. He boasts 7 NBA All-Defensive First Team honors, 2 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards, and 5 NBA championships. He also led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record of seven consecutive years.
Rodman has played next to basketball legends Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and more. In 2011, he was recognized as a legend himself. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
Last, but certainly not least, Dampier played in the NBA from 1967 to 1979. He was a player for the San Antonio Spurs from 1976 to 1979, after the NBA-ABA merger.
Dampier might be the only player in history that missed his Hall of Fame call because he was vacuuming! He later found out about his induction after his son read an article online.
Most of Dampier’s greatest moments happened during his time in the ABA, which is why it took him so long to be recognized by the NBA. He finished first all-time in the ABA with 728 games, 27,770 minutes, 13,726 points scored and 4,044 assists. He made an astounding 500 three pointers during a three-year stretch: a record 199 during the 1968–69 season, 198 in 1969–70 and 103 in 1970–71. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015, after he returned the call of course!