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Kawhi Leonard is named the Defensive Player of the Year for 2015-16

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 April 2016 at 4:47 pm

24-year old small forward Kawhi Leonard has been named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year for the 2015-16 season.  It was the second year in a row that he won this award.  He caught a lot of eyes with his defense on LeBron James in the 2013-14 NBA Finals, which was won by the Spurs in a very impressive five games!  “The Claw” keeps getting better for the San Antonio Spurs.  He played in 72 games (all starts) for the Spurs in 2015-16 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 has now played in 324 games (297 starts) in his first five years for the Spurs and he is averaging 29.9 minutes, 14.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.7 blocked shots per game.  Leonard is a full fledged NBA star right now!

The San Antonio Spurs have signed Kevin Martin

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 9 March 2016 at 1:28 pm

The San Antonio Spurs have signed 33-year old shooting guard Kevin Martin.  Martin played in 39 games (12 starts) earlier this year for the Timberwolves and he is averaging 21.4 minutes, 10.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.  He has now played in 698 games (503 starts) in his first 12 years in the NBA and he is averaging 30.5 minutes, 17.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.  This is a solid move for the Spurs, as Martin brings instant offense off the bench.

The San Antonio Spurs release Rasual Butler

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 9 March 2016 at 1:25 pm

The San Antonio Spurs have released 36-year old small forward Rasual Butler.  Butler played in 46 games (0 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 9.4 minutes, 2.7 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  He has now played in 809 games (266 starts) in his first 13 years in the NBA and he is averaging 21.3 minutes, 7.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  The Spurs needed Butler’s roster spot for the signing of Kevin Martin.

The San Antonio Spurs sign Jeff Pendergraph

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 6 July 2013 at 1:10 pm

The Spurs have signed 26-year old power forward Jeff Pendergraph to a 2-year deal.  He played in 37 games (0 starts) for the Pacers last year and he averaged 10.0 minutes, 3.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  He has now played in 96 games (5 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 9.2 minutes, 2.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  Pendergraph has shot 52.4% from the floor and 86% from the free throw line so far in his career, which is impressive.  This was a good move for the Spurs as Pendergraph is a solid bench player.

The San Antonio Spurs sign Marco Belinelli

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 4 July 2013 at 1:52 pm

The San Antonio Spurs have signed 27-year old shooting guard Marco Belinelli to a 2-year, six million dollar deal.  He played in 73 games (27 starts) for the Bulls last year and he averaged 25.8 minutes, 9.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.  He has now played in 360 games (175 starts) in his first six years in the NBA and he is averaging 22.4 minutes, 9.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.  Belinelli has shot 41.8% from the floor, 38.7% from the free throw line and 80.8% from the free throw line so far in his NBA career.  Belinelli will give the Spurs long range shooting ability and energy off the bench in 2013-14.

The San Antonio Spurs re-sign Manu Ginobili

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 3 July 2013 at 6:02 pm

The Spurs have re-signed 35-year old shooting guard Manu Ginobili to a 2-year, $14 million dollar deal.  Ginobili played in 60 games (0 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 23.2 minutes, 11.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  He has now played in 727 games (346 starts) in his first 11 years with the Spurs and he is averaging 27.5 minutes, 14.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  Ginobili is the Spurs’ all-time leader in three point shots made with 1,093 of them.  He is also #5 in games played (727), #8 in defensive rebounds (2,285), #5 in assists (2,892), #4 in steals (1,064) and #5 in points scored (10,819) in Spurs’ history.  It was smart of the Spurs to re-sign Ginobili as he is part of the heart and soul of the organization.

The San Antonio Spurs re-sign Tiago Splitter to a 4-year deal

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 2 July 2013 at 3:20 pm

The Spurs have re-signed 28-year old center Tiago Splitter to a 4-year, $36 million dollar deal.  Splitter played in 81 games (58 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 24.7 minutes, 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.  He has now played in 200 games (66 starts) in his first three years with the Spurs and he averaged 19.3 minutes, 8.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  This was a smart move for the Spurs as Splitter gives them a presence near the basket.

Boris Diaw opts in to return to the San Antonio Spurs in 2013-14

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 29 June 2013 at 7:07 am

31-year old small forward Boris Diaw has opted in for the 2013-14 season to stay with the Spurs for $4.7 million bucks.  Diaw played in 75 games (20 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 22.8 minutes, 5.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.  Diaw has played in 95 games (27 starts) in his first two years with the Spurs and he is averaging 22.3 minutes, 7.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.  Diaw has now played in 755 games (488 starts) in his first 10 years in the NBA and he is averaging 29.3 minutes, 9.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.  This was a smart move for Diaw, as he is the perfect bench player for the Spurs….as he can literally play an position on the basketball court.

The San Antonio Spurs picked DeShaun Thomas in the 2nd round of the 2013 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Friday 28 June 2013 at 1:45 pm

The Spurs selected 21-year old small forward DeShaun Thomas out of Ohio State with the #58 overall pick (2nd round) of the 2013 NBA Draft.  He is 6’7″, 225 pounds.  Thomas played in 37 games for Ohio State last year and he averaged 35.4 minutes, 19.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  Thomas played in 113 games in his three years with the Buckeyes and he averaged 27.0 minutes, 14.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Thomas shot 47.8% from the floor, 34.2% from three point range and 80.2% from the free throw line in college.  This was an excellent pick for the Spurs, as a lot of draft experts thought he would have been picked at the bottom of the first round.

UPDATE:  (8/16/2013) – DeShaun Thomas will spend the 2013-14 season playing in France.

The San Antonio Spurs picked Livio Jean-Charles in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Friday 28 June 2013 at 1:37 pm

The Spurs selected 19-year old small forward Livio Jean-Charles out of French Guianna with the #28 overall pick (1st round) of the 2013 NBA Draft.  Jean-Charles is 6’9″, 217 pounds.  Jean-Charles played in 29 games in France last year and he averaged 13.8 minutes, 3.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  He has now played in 58 games in his first two years in the pros overseas and he is averaging 11.1 minutes, 2.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  This is a classic Spurs’ type of draft pick as he will be stashed until he wants to come to the USA….if he ever does.

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