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Richard Jefferson might have to start looking over his shoulder in 2011-12

Blogged under Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by admin on Sunday 27 November 2011 at 8:34 am

31-year old small forward Richard Jefferson is going to have to step up this year if he wants to continue playing 30+ minutes per night in 2011-12 for the Spurs.  He played in 81 games (all starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 30.4 minutes, 11.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  Jefferson has now played in 733 games (650 starts) in his NBA career and he is averaging 34.7 minutes, 16.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.  The Spurs traded George Hill to the Pacers on Draft Night to the Pacers for 19-year old small forward Kawhi Leonard.  Leonard was a 1st round pick out of San Diego State by the Pacers and he averaged a double-double last year in college.  He has a huge upside and he will try to steal some minutes from Richard Jefferson.   22-year old James Anderson had his rookie season cut short due to injury last year.  He played in 26 games (2 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 11.0 minutes, 3.6 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.  He also has a nice upside.   23-year old Da’Sean Butler is #4 in line at small forward for the Spurs, and he will have a hard time making the team.

UPDATE: (12/13/2011) – The Spurs have waived Da’Sean Butler.

The San Antonio Spurs are going to get a lot of offense out of their shooting guards in 2011-12

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by alleyoop on Thursday 24 November 2011 at 11:12 am

The San Antonio Spurs are going to get a lot of points out of their shooting guards in 2011-12. 34-year old Manu Ginobili is still a force for the Spurs. He played in 80 games (79 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 30.3 minutes, 17.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Ginobili has now played in 633 games (340 starts) in his career with the Spurs and he is averaging 28.1 minutes, 15.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game. The Spurs will likely keep Ginobili about 30 minutes a night in an effort to keep him healthy all year because of his all-out style of play. 27-year old Gary Neal will back up Ginobili. Neal came out of nowhere last season to turn in a very solid season for the Spurs as a rookie. Neal played in 80 games (1 start) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 21.1 minutes, 9.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Neal is also a great long range shooter as he hit 41.9% from three point range last year.