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Jim Paxson’s road to a three-peat went through San Antonio

March 17, 2010
John Paxson San Antonio Spurs 1993 Topps Archives No.

John Paxson San Antonio Spurs 1993 Topps Archives No. 39

Nearly a decade before John Paxson helped Michael Jordan archive his first three-peat, he was a San Antonio Spur with a nice mustache.

Paxson was selected by Spurs with the 19th overall selection in 1983 NBA Draft after twice earning first-team All-American honors at Notre Dame.

Before leading the Fighting Irish to a pair of NCAA tournament appearance, Paxson was tabbed to join Isiah Thomas, James Worthy and Byron Scott on the 1979 McDonald’s All-American Team after a stellar career at Kettering Alter High School.

However the Dayton native’s collegiate success, which included averaging 17.7 points per game and tallying 112 assists during his senior season, did not translate into playing time with the Spurs.

He only appeared in 49 games as a rookie in 1983-84 and averaged just 2.9 points and 3 assists per game.

John Paxson San Antonio Spurs 1993 Topps Archives No.

John Paxson's middle name is MacBeth.

By his second season in the league, Paxson appeared in 78 games and started one of them. With more playing time, his production slightly increased to 6.2 points and 2.8 assists per game.

Just before the 1985-86 season, Paxson signed as a veteran free agent with the Chicago Bulls, who paid the Spurs cash considerations as a part of the deal.

Moving to the Windy City allowed him to team with his Airness. Eventually Paxson’s sharp shooting from behind the three-point arc helped the Bulls win three consecutive NBA titles from 1991-93.

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