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@ejwestksu I'm with you. Much made out of taking a Spurs team, that wasn't ready to play with urgency, 7 games. One was a fluke with a last second 3 that otherwise had been a lopsided game and one we threw the ball around and shot poorly (not due to Mav's defense.
They are hodgepodge of older guys, mostly on their last legs that will be asked to do a lot. Chandler didn't look good last year, Jefferson is nor much, Lewis is not much of a defender, and even Parsons, who I like, isn't really, overall a better player than Marion. He thrived on the run and gun of Houston, but the Mav's have to play a more deliberate style with all the older players, so his effectiveness will be take a hit. How are they better than- Portland, GS, Houston, even NO and Memphis ? That leaves SA, Clips, Thunder followed by everyone else and then Maybe the MAv's at 8 fighting NO. I like Davis way more than Chandler, Gordon over, Ellis, Evan's, Holiday, etc over an old Mav's group.
3 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
Very good work Paul ! The issue for me is not that he deserves to be cut, but could his spot be used to develop a younger player with more upside. Many of us knowing that Tim and Manu and likely gone after this year would like to see as many steps taken as possible to prepare for the their exits. When we win titles, it is hard for many to not want all of the contributors to return, but even with this, Jeff is one of the few slots that most would feel was non essential. If we had more roster spots, I doubt many would be so critical. There are a number of people thinking the Spurs should let Daye go, I am not one of them, but it is the roster limitations and the fear of 2016 fervor.. Ayres is who he is but in post Duncan era, how valuable will he be, if here at all and how does him staying improve the potentials for 2016 ?
3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
@Rambler I am with you on Daye. He was rusty but showed what he can do skill wise less his outside shooting, which is normally his biggest strength. We will need Green type reclamation to win a back to back, Maybe Cojo , Baynes, or Daye, Marco can make a significant contribution this year. I would like to see Bonner and Ayers traded in for J Green and Cotton or Clark/ Aminu/Casspi- we need youth to prepare for 2016>
4 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-eliminated-from-summer-league-tournament-by-wizards-in-triple-overtime.html
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6 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/after-watching-this-video-youll-understand-why-the-spurs-added-coach-ettore-messina.html
He was not ready and it makes sense. Rather than have to make a decision on him before he has learned to rebound and defend, makes sense that we keep his rights and he works on what his best options are as an NBA player will be. He has an inconsistent perimeter shot, but has size and skills around the basket, he is like Antony Randolph in thinking he is a perimeter scorer. There is hope, as he is just 23.
6 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-ryan-richards-goes-back-to-bc-zepter-vienna.html
If you watched the game, one of Daye's shots was a half court throw as time ran out, one miss came by way of a foul not being called that knocked his wrist, and one with the shot clock running out. So, if you are being fair, we was not on fire, but out of an actual 9 shots and a real 4 from the 3pt line, his stats were great. He was very efficient and should be evaluated based on normal standards.If you don;t like him as a player, share that and not your bias, please.
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
@Rambler @jojo707 At this point, I'd rather have Thomas than Bonner, but we need another post presence, if we had Baynes instead of Matty, I'd be ok with Thomas, but we both know none of this will happen, unless the FO has some trades or sign and trades in the works. I really have a hard time believing that RC doesn't the hand writing on the wall and will leave this roster what it is by 2015, and knowing TD and Manu will likely be gone with no potential replacements. At least I hope so.
I was one who didn't really like all the Gasol hope, many had. More old, not ok, on there own, type players and a future that looks like a big slide after this year. Daye is the big new hope for improvement from within, and that is sort of a long shot. He could really let go and we could see the next DG, but there is no way to know when the light goes on, if it ever will. Ayres is less valuable, i IMO than Green, there are strech 4's all over SL this year, so Matt could have been let go, but....
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
@Rambler His limited upside is what keeps him off the roster. He has few other skills beside shooting. Matt is the same, but he is tall and excels at what he does well. Daye has a number of average skill, Baynes is BIG and can rebound and block out. Thomas isn't likely to every be more than he is, and if we had roster spots for a slow 6'6" pf, he would get his shot. Marco is similar is size but can do a number of things a little above average, so he will stick. I like all these guys and a number of others not on our SL team, Hobson, McKinney Jones, even Richards should get a real look, but.... Now we have Matt back taking up a roster spot that would be will to go to Cotton, Green, Jones... I get frustrated too having these guys we drafted but they never get signed. Why do we have them ?
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
Nonsense- the boards Bennett pulled down had very little to do with Daye. In fact several of them came on missed 3's by Daye. Shooting is not something he has to prove. His mechanics are off. I am sure the coaches are worried about Daye and missed shots. He did play ok on D, if you really took time to watch and Thomas may have scored the most point but his D was much worse than Daye's. Green still look like a keeper. This SL and our guys looked this way last year until the 3rd game. Too much thinking about what to do and where to be. This is Daye's issue/ He is trying to execute new stuff and ahsn't really been on the floor much before SL with a regular group with the same role he is being asked to play. The Cav's let Daye shoot and packed the paint and everyone was off accept Thomas. At least that is what I saw.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014freeagency/bonner-to-re-sign-with-spurs.html
If Baynes takes QO and Cotton makes squad, we are done. If there are deals in the works for Ayres of CJ or ... maybe we make roster space. I doubt Matt is back unless there are trades. Until we withdraw the QO to Baynes, all he has to do is accept it and he has a spot.
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-re-sign-mills-sign-anderson.html
@jdgates21 @jojo707 Hobson is also listed with Toronto. It may be that because he was brought in by the Spurs for a tryout, it was assumed he would be on there SL team. We'll see on Friday.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
@jdgates21 I wondered that also. Maybe he is on another roster. No Dajaun Summers either who was also reported. It could be both will be training camp signings or ???
@jaws3 The Heat are out of the picture with signing of McRoberts using MLE.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/why-the-spurs-are-pau-gasols-best-option.html
@dtootall @jojo707 @stack36 If we keep Baynes, he will do the tough stuff.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
@dtootall @stack36 I think Daye will actually add more than Butler, Gasol, but not Boris. His Detroit coach praised his ability to defend 2-4. I watched him defend Zebo and actually did ok. The roster spot we need to clear is Ayres, unless he has more than he got to show last year. I'd rather see Bazemore of X Henry than Cotton with Mills coming back. CJ might take his spot back or we should package him with Ayres and Marco for a younger sg/sf.
I really like Hobson- Summer L squad as a replacement for Mills and a backup for KL. I don't know why this kid hasn't made it in the league. Watch video of him and see if he doesn't remind you of Manu. Jumps, has great handles, sees the floor well, an above average shooter and finisher( left hand- stronger than Manu with both hands).
I don't think he takes up a roster spot yet. Each team gets 18 or more roster spot thru training camp. He is not guaranteed a spot yet. I think a lot more maneuvering will go on before Oct. Ayres may be moved if we keep Baynes, and Patty may be not treated a roster spot until after 2015, depending on the time his signing kicks in, maybe.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/source-bryce-cotton-signs-two-year-deal-with-spurs.html
Dajuan Summers is apparently on the team, at least another site has him with us. He's another athletic 6'8" sf/pf.
It is getting to seem like the future of the Spurs are all going to be multi skilled 6'6"-6'9" players. Don't count out Hobson, he plays like Manu, is about the same size and might be willing hang in the D league this year.
The replacement for Duncan may not ever happen. We may be building a different kind of team that doesn't require a strong low post offensive presence, but we do nee shot blocking and rebounding. Can 5 athletic 6'8-6'9" guys manage that.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/a-current-look-at-the-spurs-summer-league-roster.html
@JohanBeijer it sure looks that way. We likely will have 2 spots open after signing Diaw and Baynes. I think the FO is assuming Patti is likely gone. We will miss his person even more than his shooting.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-spurs-expected-to-keep-austin-daye-for-2014-2015-season.html
Thanks Paul ! Good work, very clear.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
Hobson has real skills. He is very Manu like, both skill wise and size.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
No more old guys, please. We have future to plan for. Damian James shot over 40% from 3 and he actually plays D. Marvin Williams is the only one that has some potential, but if Williams, why no keep Daye. He cost like nothing.
If we want D, why not stay with James, or Cris Singleton, or Jordan Hamilton- young guys needing a chance with defensive credentials when they came into the league. Lets get X Henry at SG and move DG to backup SF, or......
Good job showing the comparisons, bad list of options.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
A little high for Boris. 3 yrs 17mil maybe but 2 yrs 20 mil. No way that will happen at age 32. If we can't keep him- Josh McRoberts might be a reasonable replacement. I can't see mortgaging the future on the long shot of winning back to back. Manu , Boris, etc playing this Summer and not having the pain of 2013 loss to drive through 16 post season games is a lot to hope for, so this time to get some fresh blood and over paying Boris would limit some of those options.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-click-scroll-love-wants-to-be-a-spur-warriors-backing-off-engelland.html
Austin might make a good Spurs replacement for Manu, when he departs.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/austin-rivers-defends-tony-parker-from-naysayers.html
It is time to bring a young guy with more athletic ability then Monroe. If we have Timmy of a year or 2, let's get someone trained who can defend the paint. Monroe is not that. Who do we get ? Tavares, Powell, Richards.
We will never get a true replacement for Timmy so why ot build on the wings and bring more post defense that can learn to shoot the 15ft jumper and protect the rim.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/plans-for-life-after-duncan-may-be-premature.html
We really need TD replacement project. Someon who can block shots and develop a low post game. Are any of these guys even close to this ? What about Tavaris or trading up for Payne ? I am not sure who to trade, but we have 2 second round picks and if Mr. Holt would spend a few dollars with the picks and maybe CJ, we might get a 20-23rd pick. Any thoughts?
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
Chicago ? Very different climate experience from HEAT.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-manu-ginobili-hoping-to-turn-things-around-vs-thunder.html
Good thoughts. I also think the claims for the Thunder defensive prowess are over blown. I think a lot depends on how much pushing , grabbing, reaching the ref's allow as to how easily we score. Ibaka also compensates for a lot of risk taking and trapping they depend on. Who ever is assigned to Ibaka needs to stick with him like glue and keep a body on him.
It might be good to see DG try to cover KD, at least 5-7 minutes. What we learned from the past 2 series for the Thunder is that guys how are low enough to get at the ball, limit FD to perimeter jump shots and screw up his rhythm. Even a run of CJ might take him out of his flow.
@DapimpOfdayear I hear you, but we all took Dallas lightly. They had nothing to loose and have played that way. Tomorrow we will see what it looks like when both have to give it all or go home. I am more worried Tony's energy. He is hurt and tired. Tiago, Manu, Kawhi, Danny are all playing with intensity, the others may be but just not effective against the defensive schemes. Dallas mixes in zones and the personnel on the floor at these times may not match up well with the defense called. I'd rather see CJ on the floor with the second unit to cover Harris or Calderon. Manu has his hand full with Carter, who has about 20lbs on him. Ayres was not a bad choice to play with Blair but the combinations have'n't been tested in these games so its a risk. Scoring has not been the problem, rebounds and defense are surely lacking.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
@stack36 Are you kidding me. We have scored over 100 and shot over 50%. Marco played at a high level last season in the playoff's last year, so determining it is anything to do with ability or the pressure from Dallas, ignore what is before your eyes. The team defense sucks. Why ? I really don't know, but it is usually effort.
TD said after game 5 that we would go to Dallas to try to close it out, and if not try back in SA. Jason is right about the level of passion. It is like the team has been prepared for a long run and tried to get by on "good enough play", not everything for now. It might just be human nature when winning 62 games and having an opponent they had beaten 9 times in a row. We'll see what happens tomorrow. Tony is still running on fumes and is not at his peak. Manu has had 1 bad game, TD is being defended by a long player in Dalembier and Blair is playing like his life depends on getting every rebound, Many of the rebounds fell into his hands and the Sprs bounced the ball around a lot instead of grabbing it. Blair is short and wide and many of these multi touched balls, found his level. Mostly luck plus focus.
I do think Dirk is somewhat overrated. Carlisle gets him a lot of open looks and that with a few highly contested makes, adds up to a big night for Dirk. Dirk and Kobe are the best contested shot makers in the league, but even they shoot below 30% of highly contested jump shots. The key is taking away the open looks, The pull up 3's, the blown coverages, put backs, layups and let him make his 40% of contested 2's. If he gets 18pts, ok!
We have learned alot over the years about defending Dirk and now have better personnel to move him off his spots and make him shoot that one legged thing that we are all shocked that it goes in, but not as much as it might seem. it reminds me of the Kobe 3's with a hand in his face, but he only shot at a 30% clip on contested 3's. They seem impossible to make, and yes they are, but still a bad percentage to take.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/tiago-splitter-dirk-nowitzki-didnt-look-comfortable-in-game-1.html
@MOlsen I noticed the same thing, but no mention on the team website, so likely personal or not eligible for this round of playoffs.
James has been a more defensive player until lately. He was a poor shooter until 3 months ago.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/damian-james-says-he-wants-to-he-one-of-the-best-defenders-in-the-nba.html
I viewed video on Damien and although his shot from distance was inconsistent, he has similar gifts of KL. They have similar wing span, athleticism, quick feet and decent ball skills. He also apparently has improved his distance shooting and has shot over 40% from 3 his past 15-20 games.
With a little help from Chip, we might have a good backup for KL, with Daye mixing it with SF, stretch 4, while Kl can try time at the 2.
I hope he sticks.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-damion-james-passed-up-more-money-to-prove-his-worth.html
@jaws3 Dirk is more a plodder but they both can shoot off the dribble and put the ball on the floor enough to get an open look. I don't remember Chambers much. I think Richard may have more raw talent, but really need coaching to learn most everything. It looked like before he go t hurt that Bertans might have been brought over last Summer and signed, so maybe this Summer we will see him. It is time to get these guys to learn the system.
I imagine a roster of these long shooters replacing the old guard. DG, KL, Daye, Bertrans, Jean Charles, with an aging TP and maybe Kabongo, or...
We likely will need a whole new personnel approach once TD is gone and these guys look like a nice start.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/video-davis-bertans-returns-to-the-court-scores-20-points-in-20-minutes.html
Great to see him back but please check your source for his height. He is listed most places at 6'10.5" not 6'8". He really looked good, in the clips.
Equally true of all the other teams you mentioned. Luck is a part of success, but skill wise, only OKC and Houston really give the Spurs match up problems.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Spurs face bumpy road back to Finals
I was not impressed by the trade for Daye, but after watch in game video, he has skills. He is not a high confidence player, but the skill are there for being almost 7ft tall. He has handles better than any big in the league and close to Diaw's. He is a better shooter than Boris. He is actually a better offensive player than Earl Clark. We should see what we have. Defense is what we really can't see much until he is in a system, but aside from Carmelo and Lebron and Durant, there are not a lot of bigger or quicker SF to have him stay in front of. He lateral movement on offense suggest he could learn or maybe a descent defender.
I see him having more going than Bertrans, and he is still pretty young.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Buyout Market: Best of the Rest
MWP has bad knees. That is why he wasn't playing in NY. When healthier, he was no able o do much laterally. How do yu propose he defend Durant with needing lateral movement ? He is not the guys he was with the Lakers, unless his knees suddenly heal up. Just 3 weeks ago he was taking plasma treatments.
We should look around some more. I think Fells is ok, but not that young. Ebanks might work, but Daye is more capable, and he is already here.
If T Williams is an option or his brother Marcus, we should consider them. They are both quick, and have enough size to replace KL, both can handle better than KL, and Marcus is light out from 3. Both are younger than Fells and Marcus played in the Spurs system 3 different times. He came out of college as a defensive stopper, but who knows now.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Granger passing on Spurs is blessing in disguise
@stack36 and Granger or Butler are those guys ? We need 2 and the others need 1 ? Check Paul's injury history and Wades gimpy knees, or Perkins, Sefelosha's, now Westbrook's legs ?
Weak bench ? VS Matt Barnes and Hollins, or Fisher and Adams. Get real ! This team may not win a ring but it is not clear who else will beside the Pacers. Maybe Durant can go crazy of 16 games or maybe Lebron, but that's about it.
Detroit, 1ts Miami win, Dallas, all won with team contributions and 1 or 2 great games from unlikely players as we almost pulled off last year,
There are other washed up vets to be had for sf. I noticed that Josh Howard was held out of last nights Toro game. He isn't any more limited than Granger. I also remember Butler saying, after being traded by the Clips, that he should have taken the SA offer made before he signed with them, so CB is a better fit than Granger. He won't be expecting alot of playing time.
May favorite choice is Marcus E Williams- the E to identify him from the pg MW, China league is over for him and he is only 26yrs old ?, and can D, has quick feet, length and can handle the ball better than most we have on the team. In his 2 + yrs in China, he is shooting 46% from 3, on big volume.
The guy can play and he would fit long term.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Report: Granger to sign with Clippers
I would go for either but I'd rather see a longer term option. T Williams or his brother Marcus would be helpful long term and since however we might get will likely not play much or maybe at all in the post season, why not look forward. Butler would be of more help than Granger. DG has lost his explosion and apparently his shot. Caron has been clutch in big games, but if these guys are worth paying, why not old Josh Howard, he has as much left as these guys, now knows the system, and will not expect to play much.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Report: Spurs eyeing Caron Butler
@Spursfan66 @jojo707 I watched video of him mostly crossing over and shooting. He is treated like a PF and gets the better of bigger guys on O and they move him on D. He at least is not redundant.
5 months ago on Report: Spurs trade De Colo for Austin Daye
He has shown in Detroit that he is a good 3pt shooter ( 41%) on 200 attempts? He has handles, can shoot off the dribble and when confident can block shots. Go to You Tube to see what he can do on offense. He is more of a Channing Frye guy. Neither have bodies that can hold position,in the post, but with the second unit, most of the time they try to outscore the other's 2nd unit. He can certainly add this. We could have everyone on the floor able to handle the ball and shoot the 3.
Diaw, MG, MB. Daye, Mills. I say wow ! Who needs D !
Are you kidding me ? Gibson is not much more than Malcolm Thomas with no 3pt distance. Dunleavy is slow, a poor rebounder, so how would this help and Boozer is benched for poor defense near the end of games. We need help but not older limited players, we already have our share of small and big limited players.
How about Terrance Williams at backup small forward.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Spurs interested in trade with Bulls?
I am with most. We have 2 guys and MB who have very little use and limited future value as replacements, so why sign a guy and drop him and bring a new guy and not play him also. None of this makes any sense. Rather than bring in a future player with more upside, we bring in a guy who is 28 and under sized. I like Jeffers but sitting on the pine as insurance while putting a patchwork lineup of 3 guards, Nando, etc instead of playing the guy you brought in for defense, is weird.
Their really seems to be an aversion to keeping athletic 6'" guys by Pop. I really don't get it. They could all be stupid. Lawal, Greene, Haslip, etc. No one we have other than Boris can cover mid range shooters, so LA, Favors, Parsons, Ibaka, etc eat us alive and we have no way to score at an 80% clip to offset all this "layup" from 15ft. Thomas could have helped. Consider a 2nd unit of MG, DG, Thomas, Tiago and Mills. They could score and defend with the best.
Hope there is a larger plan.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Malcolm Thomas lands with Jazz
It cost the Spurs $700k to take a look at Thomas. This is not miserly Spurs behavior. There may be method to this madness, but it is hard to see. We do need a backup 3, Thomas wasn't a 3 or not practiced at SF, but a 6.5" guy insteadof a trade of Bonner or Nando for even a James Anderson or Hollis Thompson or even Ebanks or Fells from the D league. Howard has lost too much.
6 months ago on Report: Spurs looking to call-up D-League's Jeffers
No way Boris is going any where. We need a roster spot open and a pick up like Hollis Thompson. Not that he is great, but can allow DG to be traded and not losing much D. The one thing DG does well that is hard to replace, is D against PG like CP3. We have no one who can slow him down, unless CJ proves he can make 3's consistently. We need some speed in the bench group, other than PM we everyone is slow or average.
6 months, 1 week ago on Key Injuries to Spurs May Actually Be A Benefit
Shake it up. Trade for some guys with energy and passion. I'll take Lowry and Ariza for any of the bench guys and a 1st rounder and throw in Bonner. Try Thomas, clear a roster spot, release Nando or Cory and try Fells or bring Thomson or Anderson back from exile in Philly........... The energy level is way too low to play with the younger teams. MG can't be the only energy guy we have. Everyone is tentative and way too mental.
7 months ago on Troubles against top-teams continue to haunt Spurs in loss to Rockets
If he learns to play post defense, he is already capable of playing at this level. He didn't have sub pat Summer league performances, he received very limited minutes, The assumption was not for him to prove he is ready but for teaching.
The Spurs would have brought Bertrans over for the Summer but he was hurt. My guess, just as they have done with all of these guys is bring them in for personal instruction and to see how they have progressed. Ryan scored 18pts in hs last Summer league is less than 22min, if memeory serves me. He hit 3 for 3 on 3's and showed a lot of post moves for scores against reasonable opposition. Ryan apparently also didn't jump teams but was sold.
I really don't get why many who write for this sight have formed this Ryan is a head case line. The guy may not pan out, but it will have more to do with a lack of D and rebounding, but the guy has an nba offensive game, and rebound about like B Lopez did until this year. He really hasn't show interest in the non offensive areas. He will likely learn in a few years to pay attention to playing D and will be a big help to someone. Ian Mahimmi is doing ok with no real strong game on O or D, Ryan has O and no D, yet. He will learn and we will see him or use him for another player is a deal.
7 months, 1 week ago on Ryan Richards signs with Greek team
Nothing new from Bertans, Saint Charles, but Adam and Ryan are both playing well. Ryan is now in the Greek Euro league and has played 2 games. He got 26min and scored 14 and 6 against Panathiacos. I don't know how all these wings will find a Spurs home, but a nice problem to have. Even Thomas( 16-16-6blks) and Kabango(11-9-8) played well.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Video: Adam Hanga highlights vs. Valencia... wow!