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The San Antonio Spurs invite Marcus Cousin to training camp

Blogged under Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Thursday 3 October 2013 at 8:04 am

The Spurs have invited 26-year old center Marcus Cousin to training camp.  Cousin’s only NBA experience came back in 2010-11 with the Utah Jazz.  He played in 4 games (0 starts) for the Jazz last year and he averaged 4.5 minutes, 1.0 point and 0.8 rebounds per game for the Jazz in 2010-11.  He is going to be a big time longshot to win a roster spot for the Spurs in 2013-14.

The San Antonio Spurs sign Sam Young

Blogged under Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Friday 27 September 2013 at 8:24 am

The Spurs have signed 28-year old SG/SF Sam Young.  Young played in 56 games (3 starts) for the Pacers last year and he averaged 12.4 minutes, 2.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  Young has now played in 249 games (52 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 15.9 minutes, 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.  Young is a good veteran to help out near the end of the bench for the Spurs in 2013-14.

The San Antonio Spurs invite Corey Maggette to training camp

Blogged under Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Friday 27 September 2013 at 8:19 am

The Spurs have invited 33-year old SG/SF Corey Maggette to training camp.  Maggette played in 18 games (0 starts) for the Pistons last year and he averaged 14.3 minutes, 5.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  Maggette has now played in 827 games (478 starts) in his first 14 years in the NBA and he is averaging 28.2 minutes, 16.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.  It never hurts to give a veteran like Maggette a shot to make the team out of training camp.

The San Antonio Spurs have outstanding depth at shooting guard for 2013-14

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews by joelapinski on Tuesday 24 September 2013 at 10:36 am

No team has a better three deep depth chart at shooting guard than the Spurs have for 2013-14.  26-year old Danny Green will be the starter again.  He played in 80 games (all starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 27.5 minutes, 10.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game.  Green has now played in 174 games (118 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 22.6 minutes, 8.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  36-year old Manu Ginobili is still full of energy for the Spurs.  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.  27-year old Marco Belinelli 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.  Belinelli 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.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHOOTING GUARDS IN 2013-14:  B+

Tony Parker keeps getting better for the San Antonio Spurs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews by joelapinski on Wednesday 11 September 2013 at 6:57 am

31-year old point guard Tony Parker just keeps getting better for the Spurs.  Parker played in 66 games (all starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 32.9 minutes, 20.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game.  He has now played in 872 games (859 starts) in his first 12 years with the Spurs and he is averaging 32.9 minutes, 17.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  22-year old Cory Joseph, 25-year old Patrick Mills and 26-year old Nando De Colo will fight for the backup job in training camp.  Joseph played in 28 games (9 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 13.9 minutes, 4.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.  He has now played in 57 games (10 starts) in his first two years with the Spurs and he is averaging 11.5 minutes, 3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.  Mills played in 58 games (2 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 11.3 minutes, 5.1 points, 0.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  He has now played in 148 games (5 starts) in his first four years with the Spurs and he is averaging 11.7 minutes, 5.7 points, 0.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.  De Colo played in 72 games (6 starts) as a rookie last year for the Spurs and he averaged 12.8 minutes, 3.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE POINT GUARDS IN 2013-14:  A

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.

The San Antonio Spurs could be busy this summer in free agency

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Monday 1 July 2013 at 2:15 pm

The Spurs have a lot of ways they could go in free agency.  Manu Ginobili, Gary Neal and Tiago Splitter are all free agents and the Spurs could decide to let them all leave and go in a different direction.  The Spurs might be o.k. with moving Tim Duncan to center for the 2013-14 season and open up a spot for a starting power forward or they could leave him at PF and look for a new center.  Here are three guys that could interest the Spurs this summer:

Andrei Kirilenko - The Spurs already are showing interest in signing Kirilenko.  He would have to play power forward on the Spurs, as Kawhi Leonard is ready to rock in 2013-14 at small forward.

J.J. Hickson - J.J. Hickson would be a nice target for the Spurs.  He averaged a double-double last year for the Blazers.

Andray Blatche - Blatche is an up and comer.  He played well off the bench for the Nets last year.

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