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If he works hard, he has the chance to be something like Ibaka now that he appears to have a jumper that extends out to and beyond the 3 point line. He's always been pretty solid defensively, being a pretty damn good weak side shot blocker and ball thief.
He's pretty springy and athetic, too. DX doesn't have a MAX (running) vert for him but his "no step" vert measured out at 32.5".
3 months ago on Report: Spurs to call-up Malcolm Thomas from D-League
@MOlsen To be fair, Baynes didn't really "play in the playoffs" last year, he played the role of "6 hard fouls" against the Lakers. He's been just awful this year.
Tiago would be much better if the would DUNK the ball, or at least try about 40% of the time.
1 year, 4 months ago on Early impressions: Danny Green's offense, Tiago's shooting
@BhaktaSA @ajd21 @yowhatupT Twice the minutes never translates into twice the stats. Tiago would also play maybe 20 games out of 82 @38 minutes per game. He's a china doll. If he gets a hangnail, he sits out two games.
1 year, 4 months ago on Spurs Season Preview: Stop! Tiago Time!
@dannyholloway It's probably best for the rebuilding project if he leaves anyway. Tony is good enough, if you put role players around him, to keep the team from crashing and getting a really good pick, but maybe not making the playoffs, sort of stuck in Rocket hell like Houston was for 2-3 years. You need to follow the OKC plan, crash and burn and acquire assets and earn high draft picks for 2-3 years in a row.
1 year, 4 months ago on Tony Parker on winning the title, life without Duncan & Ginobili, retirement and more
Tiago plays scared, and that's one thing Pop won't tolerate. Package him with Bonner and either Neal or Joseph, and ship him to Cleveland for Varejao. You'd be saving Cleveland about $14M in salaries for 2013-2015. Neal rolls off next summer, Joseph has one additional rookie contract year, plus options if they want, and Bonner can be bought out for $1M next summer. Tiago would be a good transition player for them as they rebuild, and there would be no pressure for him to wilt under there.
One of the best things that could've happened for the Spurs is the Thunder locking in Harden and being capped out moving forward with Durant, Westbrook, Harden and Ibaka.
Really, Trev? One of the best things for the Spurs would be that? They pretty much kicked our behinds with that combo, and would have continued to for the next 2-3 years until our core leaves. SA's window would have been not only shut, it would have been nailed and painted to boot. The trade was one of the best things to happen to the Spurs. OKC isn;t going to fall off a cliff, or anything, but Harden was infinitely more dangerous with the ball than Martin has ever been or will ever be. Martin is also a traffic cone on defense.
1 year, 4 months ago on What the James Harden trade means for the Spurs
@growndhawgg That wouldn't even help if it were real and not a Fig Newton of your imagination. Jefferson is a traffic cone on defense. Who cares if he scores? We don't lack scoring. We lack paint defense. He provides none.
Curry is dead slow and a lousy rebounder. His only NBA ability is scoring, and we don't lack that.
1 year, 4 months ago on Eddy Curry aiming to impress
spurssallday - I don't agree. Powell is only 1/2" taller and 5 lbs heavier at 240. He isn't going to be able to play against post players. If that's off the table, Brown's your better bet. He's ridiculously athletic and long, and with Diaw and Jack, was part of the #3 defense in the NBA under Larry Brown in 2009-2010 as a rookie. Think about that. Larry Brown, who hates rookies, played him 16 minutes a game as a rookie. He's a plus defender that was just about at the NBA average PER at just a hair under 15.
1 year, 5 months ago on Q+A with Viktor Sanikidze