36-year old Tim Duncan keeps rolling along. The Spurs are watching his minutes during the regular season in order to keep him healthy and fresh for the playoffs. Duncan played in 58 games (all starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 28.2 minutes, 15.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 blocked shots per game. He has now played in 1,111 games (1,109 starts) in his first 15 years in the NBA and he is averaging 35.4 minutes, 20.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 blocked shots per game. 32-year old Matt Bonner is Duncan’s caddy, and he has a much different skill set as he hit 42% of his shots from three point range last year. Bonner played in 65 games (2 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 20.4 minutes, 6.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. He has now played in 561 games (87 starts) in his first 8 years in the NBA and he is averaging 18.9 minutes, 6.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. 25-year old Derrick Brown is likely to be #3 in line at power forward for the Spurs in 2012-13. Brown played in 65 games (17 starts) for the Bobcats last year and he is averaging 22.2 minutes, 8.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. Brown has now played in 171 games (18 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 14.9 minutes, 5.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game. 29-year old Josh Powell is a longshot to make the Spurs’ roster. He didn’t play in the NBA last year. Powell played in 315 games (28 starts) in his first six years in the NBA and he is averaging 12.5 minutes, 3.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE POWER FORWARDS IN 2012-13: A