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Patty Mills is stepping up this year for the San Antonio Spurs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 2:41 pm

28-year old point guard Patty Mills is stepping up this year for the San Antonio Spurs!  He has played in 14 games (4 starts) for the Spurs so far this year and he is averaging 23.9 minutes, 10.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.  He is shooting 47.7% from the floor, 40% from three point range and 94.7% from the free throw line so far this year.  The Spurs have been using Mills a lot more this year, as they continue to rest Tony Parker a lot more as he gets older.  Mills has now played in 301 games (14 starts) in his first six years with the Spurs and he is averaging 17.4 minutes, 8.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.  Patty Mills is already #9 in Spurs’ history with his 422 three point shots made.

The San Antonio Spurs don’t have much P.T. available for their rookies so far in 2016-17

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Rookie Reports by joelapinski on Thursday 10 November 2016 at 12:39 pm

The San Antonio Spurs‘ goal is to win an NBA Championship in 2016-17, so they won’t have much P.T. available for their rookies this year.  26-year old point guard Nicolas Laprovittola has played the most of the Spurs’ quartet of rookies so far this year.  He has played in 7 games (0 starts) for the Spurs so far this year and he is averaging 11.7 minutes, 3.6 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.7 assists per game.  He is shooting 38.1% from the floor, 30.8% from three point range and 100% from the free throw line so far this year.  23-year old PF Davis Bertans has played in 6 games (0 starts) for the Spurs so far this year and he is averaging 12.5 minutes, 2.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  He is only shooting 31.3% from the floor and 36.4% from three point range so far this year.  23-year old shooting guard Bryn Forbes has played in 5 games (0 starts) for the Spurs so far this year and he is averaging 7.2 minutes, 1.4 points, 0.4 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  He is shooting 42.9% from the floor so far this year and 100% from the free throw line.  20-year old point guard Dejounte Murray was a first round pick for the Spurs in the 2016 NBA Draft and they have high hopes for him down the road.  Murray has played in 4 games (0 starts) for the Spurs so far this year and he is averaging 5.5 minutes, 2.0 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  He is only shooting 25% from the floor (2 for 8), but he is also 2 for 3 (66.7%) from three point range and he is shooting 50% from the free throw line so far this year.

Kawhi Leonard is taking his game to a new level in 2016-17 for the San Antonio Spurs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Friday 4 November 2016 at 2:14 pm

25-year old small forward Kawhi Leonard is taking over at both ends of the court this year for the San Antonio Spurs, and it has been amazing to watch!  He has played in 5 games (all starts) for the Spurs so far this year and he is averaging 32.2 minutes, 28.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.0 steals per game.  He is shooting a very impressive 51.1% from the floor, 40.9% from the three point line and 95.6% from the free throw line so far this year!  Leonard was an All-Star for the first time in 2015-16 for the Spurs, and now it looks like an NBA MVP Award could be the next honor he is seeking!  Leonard has now played in 329 games (302 starts) in his first six years with the Spurs and he is averaging 29.9 minutes, 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game!

Pau Gasol is off to a slow start for the San Antonio Spurs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Need to step up by joelapinski on Friday 4 November 2016 at 2:09 pm

For some reason, the San Antonio Spurs have not been giving 36-year old center Pau Gasol a lot of P.T. or the basketball at the offensive side of the basketball court.  It’s kind of puzzling to me.  After all, Gasol was an All-Star last year for the Chicago Bulls!  He played in 72 games (all starts) for the Bulls last year and he averaged 31.8 minutes, 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 blocked shots per game.  But, so far this year, Gasol has played in 5 games (all starts) for the Spurs and he is averaging 23.6 minutes, 9.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 blocked shots per game.  He is shooting 46.5% from the floor and 75% from the free throw line so far this year.  The Spurs need to start rewarding Gasol with more P.T. and looks on offense, as he is making the most of his minutes so far this year, as he is rebounding and playing really good D!

The new hired gun for the San Antonio Spurs in 2016-17 is Pau Gasol

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Tuesday 25 October 2016 at 8:14 pm

The San Antonio Spurs moved some money around to sign 36-year old Pau Gasol over the summer to play center for them in 2016-17.  Gasol still has a lot left in the gas tank.  He played in 72 games (all starts) for the Bulls last year and he averaged 31.8 minutes, 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 blocked shots per game.  He shot 46.9% from the floor, 34.8% from three point range and 79.2% from the free throw line last year.  He should fit in perfectly in the Spurs’ team first style of play!  The Spurs also signed 27-year old Dewayne Dedmon over the summer and he is a talented big guy, who will back up Gasol in 2016-17!  Dedmon played in 58 games (20 starts) for the Magic last year and he averaged 12.2 minutes, 4.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  Dedmon shot 55.9% from the floor and 75% from the free throw line last year for the Magic.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SPURS’ CENTERS IN 2016-17:  A

The San Antonio Spurs are in outstanding shape at power forward for the 2016-17 season!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Monday 24 October 2016 at 8:04 pm

31-year old LaMarcus Aldridge had a solid season for the San Antonio Spurs in 2015-16, but I expect him to be even better in 2016-17.  Aldridge played in 74 games (all starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 30.6 minutes, 18.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocked shots per game.  He shot 51.3% from the floor and 85.8% from the free throw line last year.  He is a very efficient offensive player and rebounder!  33-year old David Lee will be Aldridge’s caddy in 2016-17, after they signed him as a free agent over the summer.  Lee played in 55 games (5 starts) for the Mavericks and Celtics last year in which he averaged 16.4 minutes, 7.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.  He shot 53.1% from the floor and 76.3% from the free throw line last year.  Lee still has a lot left in the gas tank and I love this pickup for the Spurs.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SPURS’ POWER FORWARDS IN 2016-17:  A

Kawhi Leonard could take his game to the next level in 2016-17 for the San Antonio Spurs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Sunday 23 October 2016 at 7:58 pm

The San Antonio Spurs are now 25-year old small forward Kawhi Leonard‘s team!  He played in 72 games (all starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 33.1 minutes, 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocked shot per game.  Leonard stuffs the stat sheet every single night and he plays hard at both ends of the court!  He shot an amazing 50.6% from the floor, 44.3% from three point range and 87.4% from the free throw line last year.  23-year old Kyle Anderson will give Leonard a break when he needs one in 2016-17.  He played in 78 games (11 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 16.0 minutes, 4.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.  He shot 46.8% from the floor, 32.4% from the three point line and 74.7% from the free throw line last year.  23-year old Davis Bertans has decided to come state side and play for the Spurs.  He came to the Spurs in the same trade that brought Kawhi Leonard to the Spurs in 2011!

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SPURS’ SMALL FORWARDS IN 2016-17:  A++++++++++++++++++++++

 

The San Antonio Spurs boast solid depth at shooting guard for the 2016-17 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Friday 21 October 2016 at 2:18 pm

The San Antonio Spurs have a lot of veteran depth at shooting guard for the 2016-17 season!  29-year old Danny Green will be the starter.  He played in 79 games (all starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 26.1 minutes, 7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.  He also played in 10 games (all starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs last year and he averaged 26.7 minutes, 8.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game.  Green has now played in 382 games (336 starts) in his first seven years with the Spurs and he is averaging 25.8 minutes, 9.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  He has also played in 79 games (73 starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs in which he is averaging 24.9 minutes, 8.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  Green was part of the Spurs’ NBA Championship team in 2013-14.  Green is #2 in Spurs’ history in three point shots made with 725 of them and he is also #10 in franchise history in blocked shots with 313 of them.

39-year old Manu Ginobili is back for what could be his final year in the NBA.  He played in 58 games (0 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 19.6 minutes, 9.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  He also played in 10 games (0 starts) in the playoffs last year for the Spurs in which he averaged 19.2 minutes, 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.  Ginobili has now played in 923 games (349 starts) in his first 14 years with the Spurs and he is averaging 26.3 minutes, 14.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game.  He has also played in 197 games (52 starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs in which he is averaging 28.9 minutes, 14.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game.  Ginobili is a 2-time All-Star and a 4-time NBA Champion with the Spurs!  Ginobili is the Spurs’ all-time leader in three pointers made with 1,342 of them!  He is also #4 in games played (923), #5 in defensive rebounds (2,760), #7 in total rebounds (3,398), #5 in assists (3,655), #2 in steals (1,267) and he is #5 in points scored (12,950) in Spurs’ history!

33-year old Kevin Martin will be #3 in line at shooting guard for the Spurs in 2016-17.  He played in 16 games (1 start) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 16.3 points, 6.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  He played in 55 games (13 starts) overall for the Spurs and Timberwolves last year in which he averaged 19.9 minutes, 9.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  Martin also played in 5 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs last year in which he averaged 9.8 minutes, 4.4 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  He has now played in 714 games (504 starts) in his first 12 years in the NBA and he is averaging 30.2 minutes, 17.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.  Martin has also played in 22 games (1 start) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 25.9 minutes, 11.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.

27-year old Jonathan Simmons looked solid as a rookie for the Spurs last year.  He played in 55 games (2 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 14.8 minutes, 6.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  He also played in 3 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs last year and he averaged 8.7 minutes, 3.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.  Playing time could be scarce for Simmons in 2016-17.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SPURS’ SHOOTING GUARDS IN 2016-17:  B-

 

The San Antonio Spurs are set up well at point guard for the 2016-17 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at 9:02 pm

The San Antonio Spurs are set up pretty well at point guard for the 2016-17 season!  34-year old point guard Tony Parker is starting to slow down and the Spurs are monitoring his minutes now.  But, he can still dial up a big game once in a while.  Parker played in 72 games (all starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 27.5 minutes, 11.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.  Parker also played in 10 games (all starts) in the playoffs last year and he averaged 26.4 minutes, 10.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.  Parker has now played in 1,080 games (1,067 starts) in his first 15 years with the Spurs and he is averaging 32.1 minutes, 16.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.  He has also played in 213 games (205 starts) for the Spurs in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 35.1 minutes, 18.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.  Parker is a 6-time All-Star and a 4-time NBA Champion with the Spurs!  Parker is the all-time leader in assists for the Spurs with 6,349 of them.  He is also #2 in games played (1,080), #7 in three pointers made (473), #6 in defensive rebounds (2,694), #10 in total rebounds (3,105), #7 in steals (970) and he is #4 in points scored (17,884) in Spurs’ history!

28-year old Patty Mills could start on a lot of teams, but on the Spurs, he is Tony Parker’s caddy.  Mills played in 81 games (3 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 20.5 minutes, 8.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.  He also played in 10 games (0 starts) in the playoffs last year in which he averaged 16.7 minutes, 6.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.  Mills has now played in 287 games (10 starts) in his first five years with the Spurs and he is averaging 17.1 minutes, 8.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.  He has also played in 57 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs and he is averaging 12.1 minutes, 5.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.  Mills was a member of the Spurs’ NBA Champion team of the 2013-14 season!  He is already #9 in Spurs’ history with his 396 three pointers made!  Mills will probably start playing more this year in an effort to keep Parker fresh.

20-year old Dejounte Murray will be the #3 point guard for the Spurs in 2016-17.  They were shocked to see him available when the 29th pick (1st round) came up.  So the Spurs jumped on him!  He will likely have a bright future for the Spurs.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SPURS’ POINT GUARDS IN 2016-17:  B

Sean Elliott was a darn good player for the San Antonio Spurs

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at 8:48 pm

Small forward Sean Elliott was a darn good player for the San Antonio Spurs.  Elliott played in 669 games (639 starts) in his 11 years with the Spurs and he averaged 33.0 minutes, 14.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.  He also played in 85 games (73 starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs in which he averaged 33.4 minutes, 13.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.  Elliott was a big part of the 1998-99 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs!  He was also an All-Star twice in his 11 years with the Spurs.  His best year (and one of his All-Star years) came back in 1995-96, when he played in 77 games (all starts) for the Spurs in which he averaged 37.7 minutes, 20.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.  He shot a rock solid 46.6% from the floor, 41.1% from three point range and 77.1% from the free throw line in 1995-96 for the Spurs!  Elliott is still #5 in Spurs’ history in three pointers made with 563 of them.  He is also still #6 in games played (669), #10 in defensive rebounds (2,190) and he is still #8 in points scored (9,659) in Spurs’ history.

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