The San Antonio Spurs have prestigious names and numbers hanging from the rafters of the AT&T Center.

From oldest to newest, the jerseys of James Silas (13), George Gervin (44), Johnny Moore (00), David Robinson (50), Sean Elliott (32), Avery Johnson (6), Bruce Bowen (12 ), and, fittingly, the San Antonio Big 3 jerseys of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all hang next to each other.

Parker’s No. 9 jersey is the most recent to be retired by the franchise, with its ceremony taking place in November 2019.

But who is most likely to have their jersey hanging next to Parker’s? Let’s look at three primary candidates.

Patty Mills

Of all the former or current Spurs, Mills seems the most likely to have his jersey retired by the franchise once he calls it a career.

Mills’ tenure with Spurs was full of passion, love and commitment. Once considered an undersized guard who lacked the strength and game to be a league threat, he proved during his time in San Antonio that any blow to his game was of little truth.

The Australian is seventh in franchise history in games played (665), second in 3-point marks (1,171) and first in free throw percentage (.867).

Like Green, Mills was beloved among fans and is undoubtedly one of the most beloved former Spurs still in the league as he enters his second season with the Brooklyn Nets.

Danny Green

It becomes hard to think about since Green, who wore No. 4 in his first four seasons with the Spurs before moving to No. 14, now has the No. 14 claimed by San Antonio rookie guard Blake Wesley.

Still, Green has played for three different teams since being traded by Spurs in 2018, but remains a memorable fan favorite due to what he accomplished in San Antonio.

When the Spurs met the Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals, Green proved on the biggest stage what he was capable of. He set a Finals record (which has since been broken) of 27 3-point marks in the series, but Spurs lost heartbreakingly in Game 7.

Still, Green has built on his signature performance to become one of the most underrated Spurs of all time. He’s currently third in franchise history in 3-pointers (959) and eighth in blocks (450), cementing his role as a true 3-and-D threat. Additionally, he won his first of three career championships in 2014 as the Spurs got revenge on Miami.

Kawhi Leonard

Oh oh.

A controversial topic indeed, but Leonard’s resume as Spur speaks for itself. He won two Defensive Player of the Year awards and was named the 2014 Finals MVP after earning his first career title.

He is also seventh in franchise history in 3-pointers (529) and ninth in steals (723).

On the surface, he is a prime candidate to have his No.2 shirt hanging from the rafters alongside other great Spurs. And when naming the best players to play for the franchise, Leonard is certain to show up.

But his tumultuous departure from the team likely smeared any future chance for the franchise to potentially honor him with a jersey retirement ceremony. Even if it would take years, the event would probably be awkward to say the least. Of course, with Leonard’s calm and seemingly carefree personality, don’t count on that to keep him up at night.

Leonard is unlikely to ever see his shirt hanging in the rafters for Spurs but still remains as important to the franchise’s most recent success.


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