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I actually think he possibly projects as a good Bonner
replacement. Not sure anybody we get is going to have Bonner’s success over an
extended period with the long ball, but Thomas projects out as a plus defender
and rebounder. If he can knock down the three consistently, and handle some of
the big guys at a decent level, he may well serve as a Red Rocket replacement
1 week, 3 days ago on Report: Spurs to call-up Malcolm Thomas from D-League
I like this move. Thomas has shown real improvement over the
years and appears ready for the next level. I think he has potential as a
stretch four who offers plus defence and decent shooting. I genuinely think he
has a shot to make the team. Go get ‘em young fella.
@autrader1 Sure, the Kings experience was poor - but you know, Danny Green was cut from the Cavs to make way for Manny Harris. This guy has some NBA level skills he brings to the table. Give him some quality time with the coaches, a system that uses its players strengths and a clearly defined role and let's see what we will see.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Report: Spurs set to workout forward James Johnson
Interesting. Johnson has great defensive intensity, ideal size and should fit into our locker room pretty well. In the past he has struggled with his decision making and shooting - Chip and the rest of the team would have to work hard with him I think. But if he can cut turnovers, make smarter plays and find some areas of the floor he can knock down shots from (corner three is always a good starting point) he could fit in well. Still only 26 - he should have a lot of basketball left in him.
I'm starting the year optimistic about Baynes as a medium term project. Not sure he projects as a starter, but he has size, strength, athleticism, a good work ethic, international experience and is in a great club for developmental purposes. As davehasabeard says though, he is going to need to limit his fouling to get quality minutes on the floor. If he can do that, he can definitely crack the rotation - and he has the potential to play an even larger role 1-2 years down the road.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Baynes: It's about complementing what's in place with Spurs
Best of luck to him. This getting pipped by the Heat thing is starting to get old though.
4 months, 1 week ago on Report: Oden spurns Spurs, signs two-year deal with Miami
@JohnAbneyI know we are moving away from your point a bit here, but it is worth noting that since Ginobili, the list of guys we have picked in the second round include; Luis Scola (56), Goran Dragic (45) and Nando de Colo (53). All have been contributors to one degree or another. I'm also reasonably high on our latest pick Deshaun Thomas (58) although time will tell on that one. Our success rate of identifying and developing NBA level talent with second round picks is not too bad.All of which I guess is just my way of saying - if we can get an asset back in return for Blair then we should. Even if it is just a late second rounder. Leave nothing on the table. That's my policy.
4 months, 1 week ago on Report: Blair signing with Mavs not a done deal
Fair enough. Maybe I'm in the minority but I think Blair can play. What he can't do is space the floor or defend at the level of TD or Splitter so he couldnt get on the court this year. This just wasn't the right situation for him. I think he can make a contribution elsewhere though.
As for late second rounders - I seem to remember we got some Argentinian fella with one of those picks who turned out to be okay.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Report: Blair signing with Mavs not a done deal
Would hate to see another asset go without getting anything back in return. Blair has value to a number of clubs, and wants to retain his bird rights via a sign and trade. Surely something can be worked out that leaves us better off than just having him walk? And either way, Dallas? Come on.
Huge disappointment. Let's hope it doesn't slow his development too much. Second guessing the draft is a fools game, but during the SL I couldn't help but think Archie Goodwin, the next pick after LJC looked like a complete steal.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Parker: Livio Jean-Charles out 6 months with knee injury
For mine, I think Joseph is the back up PG and potentially medium to long term replacement for Parker. Mills adds depth, a little scoring punch and the ability to take advantage of certain matchups. The best part about a guy like Mills is you don't (and won't) hear him in the media complaining about deserving more court time, or allowing disappointment over his minutes lead to anything less than stellar effort in training/practices. Chemistry, energy, enthusiasm. And he just seems fun to be around. You need guys like Mills to make it through 82 games and a long post season, year after year. Just one guy talking here, but if we had to lose one of our PG's to balance out the roster, I'd lean toward De Colo - even if Nando's playing ceiling is higher.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Mills discusses playing for Spurs and more
Mills is going to pay big time in practice for calling Pop a "sweetheart" in front of the media I reckon.No way Pop let's that slide.
As for Patty - consummate professional, ideal team mate, spark plug bench guy and Aussie Icon. I hope he remains a Spur for a long, long time.
Love this guys work ethic and attitude. Give em hell Patty. You work hard and you're ready when your number gets called - good things can happen.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Photo: Patty Mills looking to stay in shape during offseason
Great read. I like Thompson for this very reason - he is a guy who is comfortable playing a role within the context of an offence (and defence). He has good tools and the right mind-set, if he can really develop his three point shot he could be a valuable rotation guy down the road. He's never going to be a star - but people underestimate how hard it is to develop quality role players and the value that they bring to a club.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Hollis Thompson Making the Most of His Opportunity
I was a bit disappointed with his SL showing - but he flashed some of that potential in the final game. The thing is, it doesn't cost us anything to retain his rights and sometimes these guys don't start to click until 25-26. Especially players who aren't from strong, structured basketball programs. There is no rush. Patience from the Spurs and hard work from RR. Let's see what we have in a few years.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Ryan Richards: The Project
I understand it may be time for Neal to move on, but it is always a shame to lose an asset you discover and develop, without ay return. I'm not one of these guys to complain against the FO - they have done an amazing job over the last decade - but there are definitely a couple of areas this summer where I wonder if we couldn't have got a better outcome. If we want to be contenders in the post TD era, the acquisitions of future assets now is critically important. Clubs like us who don't have the big market and crazy dollars cannot afford to leave anything on the table.Stein has a list of 10 clubs who have expressed interest in Neal - a second round pick leaves us in a better spot than we are now. Work them phones Spurs.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Stein: Spurs withdraw Gary Neal's qualifying offer
Interesting. I don't know about Thompson having more upside, but I do think he might be a better immediate fit. He plays D, makes smart decisions and plays within the context of the offense. The roster could use that guy now. Thomas on the other hand has potential to be a plus (possibly elite) scorer if he can develop his athleticism and consistency. Somebody on this site used the Glenn Robinson comparison and I like that. A poor mans Glenn Robinson, sure, but still an intriguing prospect. As I said, lots of decisions to make around the SL team for the front office.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Spurs wrap up Summer League with win over Bucks
Disappointing for DeShaun that he couldn't keep his momentum up for the final two games. I hope we can retain his rights if he doesn't make the roster. I also hope we can work something out with Thompson. He has had a very good summer league and showed some real role player potential. Great to see Richards have a strong game too! Strong SL showing all round. Plenty of food for thought for the front office.
Yeah - that makes sense. I am sure you are right. At the cost of Green...the trade is expensive. But you just don't get a chance to acquirebtoo many young-ish elite defensive big men. Maybe the Spurs could get creative here. So far the FO hasn't really knocked one out of the park. We missed T-Rob. we missed AK-47. Would be nice if we could find a way to strengthen our team without compromising our core. There may be a chance to do that here. Let's see what happens.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on How about Asik in black and silver?
Overall, a positive thing for player development and therefore for the Spurs. They get to play against top notch competition in roles that allow them to test and develop new skill sets. You worry sometimes about the burnout factor for stars who play big minutes all year then back up with International duty, but for guys like Patty, Baynes, De Colo etc... I see it as a positive with limited downside.
That said, I'm Australian, so, I might not be the best person to ask. Go Straya!!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Mills to play for Team Australia this summer