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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.
3 days, 10 hours 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 days, 12 hours 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.
1 week, 1 day 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.
1 week, 1 day 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.
1 week, 2 days 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.
2 weeks, 2 days 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.
1 month 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.
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Video: Adam Hanga highlights vs. Valencia... wow!
They need to play.Baynes will be back, especially if Boris is out. Just noticed that R Richards now plays for Ikaros in the Euro league. No back story but believe he was bought. Its a higher level than Dubai. He played 12min in his 1st game, made 1 shot and had 2 rebounds. Next game is Dec 7th. If this guy can just learn to play defense, we can feel much better about post TD era.
3 months, 1 week ago on Spurs' Baynes, De Colo assigned to Toros
@gymbear He has never been a consistent player, here or in Europe. He sees the floor, but his reactions have always been too slow for this level. Just not enough of an athlete for his role.
Perhaps he will learn to develop a consistent shot and become G Dragic type, still. We all shouldn't hold our breath, he is not likely to see the floor very often and best would be for him to bring a late 1st round pick ?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Baynes' late floater gives Spurs narrow win over Budenholzer, Hawks
@gruelingslate HI Greg - fun to see you here. Also try Ptr. Nice people on both, very knowledgeable folks more often on Ptr, but any on both.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on O.J. Mayo asks: How do the Spurs still win?
Fells could become something Kawhi like.He is an athlete who has a 7ft + wing span and ball handling skills at 6'6". He is also quick and seems to have worked on his shot. I think Pop really sees something, so he might stick for 6 months. It cost very little and he can be dropped in Dec. if they wish to pick someone up, assuming we don't send Nando away long before. The future could be brighter than we might have guessed post TD and Manu if one of the high potential players can develop along with Kawhi. St Charles, and Bertrans, plus a Kabongo type might make TS or Baynes adequate at C. I really hope Fells sticks.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Spurs waive Maggette, Cousin, Kabongo
@gymbear @Coxcr20 Last year, he didn't look for his shot. This year he has obviously been told to be aggressive offensively. He and Kawhi have to get comfortable with the new freedom they have been given. That's much of what I saw. They both were thinking too much, even though they were being aggressive. Give them 4 more games of freedom and they will get familiar with their extended roles and more shots will fall. The assist for CJ will come, but often he is on the floor with Manu, or Nando, or now MB, and they like to have the ball in their hands.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Despite 13 points apiece from Leonard & Joseph, Spurs fall to Nuggets in preseason action