With the United States government currently in a shutdown, and a few things grinding to a halt, it is appropriate to take a look at the San Antonio Spurs All-Time "Shutdown" players. Those current and past Spurs players who made life miserable for opposing players on the defensive-end and basically, shut them down.
Without further adieu, here is the Spurs' All-Time "Shutdown" team.
So who needs to be on the list that may have been left off? Dennis Rodman perhaps?
Freaking Artis Gilmore! I remember one game in the Hemisfair arena against the Rockets and their twin towers-Gilmore was so freaking dominant. I think it was The Dream's rookie year? He must have had 8 blocks that game. Artis was one of the strongest players of his generation and would certainly qualify today as well, banged and grabbed boards and punished guys going to the rim. I like this list, but Artis has to be on it. Rodman wasn't here long enough imho
@gymbear so if gilmore needs to be on the list, who gets knocked off? Kawhi?
@JeffProjectSpurs Maybe Mike Gale, Rodman, Gilmore...
@JeffProjectSpurs @gymbear Jeff, I wasn't thinking limiting it to 5, or really by position. You have a great list here but there is no pg and there are 2 sf's. I agree with your 5, I would just add Gilmore for sure. George Johnson, during his brief stint, was something special too. Mostly a shot blocker but man the guy protected the rim.
I've had a lot of interesting conversations about an "All -Time Spurs Team" and one of the things that pops up in those conversations is just how much that all time team could control the boards against almost any other all-time team. If we're taking everyone in their prime as a Spur, D-Rob, Duncan and Gilmore is one sick rotation of bigs. Opponent fg % would be low and it would be very hard to out-rebound that bunch. Another guy to add to that mix could be Larry Kennon. The style of ball the Spurs played during his time here was up-tempo and didn't really emphasize d, but the guy grabbed boards and was a good defender.
It's getting harder and harder for guys to make that All-Time List :) -I think when it's all said and done Kawhi will be the starting sf on that list.
Will upset some AJ fans, but he doesn't even make my All-time team. TP is starting point followed by James 'Captain Late' Silas backing him up.
But that's a whole other conversation...
You have a great list. I would just add Gilmore for sure. That would be one very tough team to score on, but having said that, without a point guard similar to a Gary Payton type, we'd have a hard time scoring as well.