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Tim Duncan picks up his player option for the 2016-17 season for the San Antonio Spurs

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 29 June 2016 at 9:36 am

40-year old PF/C Tim Duncan has picked up his player option for the 2016-17 season.  He will play for $5,643,750 dollars if he doesn’t decide to retire instead of playing.  Duncan played in 61 games (60 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 25.2 minutes, 8.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game.  He also played in 10 games (all starts) in the post-season for the Spurs last year in which he averaged 21.8 minutes, 5.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game.

Duncan has now played in 1,392 games (1,389 starts) in his first 19 years with the San Antonio Spurs and he is averaging 34.0 minutes, 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocked shots per game.  Duncan has also played in 251 games (all starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs in which he is averaging 37.3 minutes, 20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 blocked shots per game.  Duncan is the Spurs’ all-time leader in games played (1,392), offensive rebounds (3,859), defensive rebounds (11,232), total rebounds (15,091), blocked shots (3,020) and points scored (26,496) in Spurs’ history!  He is also #3 in assists (4,225) and #5 in steals (1,025) in Spurs’ history!

Tim Duncan is a shell of his former self, but he has helped the Spurs will 5 Championships.  I hope he plays one more year for the Spurs and tries to win a 6th ring instead of retiring.

The San Antonio Spurs picked Dejounte Murray in the 1st round of the 2016 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Sunday 26 June 2016 at 9:55 am

The San Antonio Spurs selected point guard Dejounte Murray out of Washington with the #29 overall pick (1st round) of the 2016 NBA Draft.  Murray is 6’5″, 170 pounds.  Murray played in 34 games as a freshman for Washington and he averaged 35.5 minutes, 16.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game.  He shot 41.6% from the floor, 28.8% from the three point line and 66.3% from the three point line last year.  Murray should have been long gone by the time the Spurs picked in the first round, so I love this pick for them!  He has a huge upside!

The San Antonio Spurs could have 7 free agents heading into this summer

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 7:49 am

The San Antonio Spurs could have up to 7 free agents this summer.  They will only have 6 if Tim Duncan either picks up his player option or retires.  If Duncan opts out and wants to keep playing, I think the Spurs will give him a raise on a 1-year deal.  That is the same thing I think will happen with shooting guard Manu Ginobili, who recently opted out of his contract.  It would be nice to see the Spurs give both Duncan and Ginobili a raise due to the salary cap going up, providing that they still want to play.  Bringing back center Boban Marjanovic will probably be the top priority for the Spurs in free agency, but he’s a restricted free agent, so some team could offer him something that the Spurs aren’t comfortable matching.  PG Andre Miller, SG Kevin Martin, PF David West and PF Matt Bonner could all be looking for raises, and I don’t see the Spurs giving any of these guys one.

Manu Ginobili opts out of his contract with the San Antonio Spurs

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 22 June 2016 at 11:26 am

38-year old shooting guard Manu Ginobili has opted out of his contract with the San Antonio Spurs, so he has become an unrestricted free agent.  That was smart of Ginobili, because if he comes back to the Spurs, he deserves a raise.  He was set to make only $2.94 million bucks in 2016-17.  Ginobili 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.  Ginobili also played in 10 games (0 starts) for the Spurs last year in the playoffs and 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 14 years with the Spurs and he has averaged 26.3 minutes, 14.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game.  He also has played in 197 games (52 starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs in which has has averaged 28.9 minutes, 14.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game.  Ginobili has only been an NBA All-Star twice with the Spurs, but he has helped them win 4 NBA Championships!  Ginobili is currently 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 #5 in points scored (12,950) in Spurs’ history!

I have a feeling that Ginobili will either retire or return to the Spurs for the 2016-17 season.  I have a hard time seeing him playing for any team other than the Spurs!

David West opts out of his contract with the San Antonio Spurs

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 13 June 2016 at 2:02 pm

35-year old power forward David West has opted out of his contract for the 2016-17 season with the San Antonio Spurs.  He is now an unrestricted free agent.  Last summer, West turned down a $12.6 million dollar option to return to the Pacers to sign with the Spurs for $1.5 million bucks to try to win a ring!  West played in 78 games (19 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 18.0 minutes, 7.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.  He also played in 10 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs last year and he averaged 17.6 minutes, 5.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  West has now played in 893 games (742 starts) in his first 13 years in the NBA and he is averaging 30.6 minutes, 14.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

LaMarcus Aldridge is named to the All NBA Third Team

Blogged under Awards,Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Friday 27 May 2016 at 9:52 am

30-year old power forward LaMarcus Aldridge has been named to the All NBA Third Team!  Aldridge played in 74 games (all starts) for the San Antonio Spurs in 2015-16 and he averaged 30.6 minutes, 18.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocked shots per game.  He has now played in 722 games (681 starts) in his first 10 years in the NBA and he is averaging 34.9 minutes, 19.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 blocked shot per game.  Aldridge is a perfect fit in the Spurs’ team first system!

Gregg Popovich is still a master for the San Antonio Spurs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Coaching,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 13 May 2016 at 8:47 am

67-year old head coach Gregg Popovich is still a master for the San Antonio Spurs.  He rested players during the regular season and he still got the Spurs to finish up with an amazing 67-15 (81.7%) record during the regular season.  He was also 6-4 (60%) in the playoffs this year.  Popovich is now 1,089-485 (69.2%) during the regular season in his 20 years in charge of the Spurs.  He is also 158-98 (61.7%) in the playoffs and he has won five NBA Championships with the Spurs.  The Spurs were 17-47 (26.6%) in Popovich’s first season as the Spurs head coach back in 1996-97 and then they went to the playoffs in 19 consecutive years under Popovich!  Popovich is #8 in NBA history in regular season wins (1,089) and he is also #3 in NBA history in playoff wins (158).  He is still a master!

The San Antonio Spurs had a great season in 2015-16

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by joelapinski on Friday 13 May 2016 at 8:41 am

The San Antonio Spurs had a great 2015-16 season, as they were 67-15 (81.7%) during the regular season.  They then swept the Memphis Grizzlies easily in the first round of the playoffs before falling in six games to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round of the playoffs.

TEAM MVPKawhi Leonard, small forward – 24-year old small forward Kawhi Leonard is now the best player on 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.  He shot an amazing 50.6% from the floor, 44.3% from three point range and 87.4% from the free throw line in 2015-16.  He had 12 Double-Doubles last year.  He also was the Defensive Player of the Year in the NBA for the second year in a row!

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER:  See Team MVP Kawhi Leonard.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT Matt Bonner, power forward – 36-year old power forward Matt Bonner just couldn’t break into the rotation for the loaded Spurs in 2015-16.  He played in 30 games (2 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 6.9 minutes, 2.5 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  He still shot well when he did get to play as he shot 50.9% from the floor, 44.1% from three point range and 75% from the free throw line in 2015-16.

The San Antonio Spurs ran into a buzzsaw against the Oklahoma City Thunder

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Friday 13 May 2016 at 6:58 am

Outside of 24-year old small forward Kawhi Leonard and 30-year old power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, the San Antonio Spurs looked really old against the youthful Oklahoma City Thunder.  Aldridge played in 6 games (all starts) against the Thunder and he averaged 37.4 minutes, 26.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 blocked shots per game.  He shot an impressive 52.5% from the floor and 88.6% from the free throw line in this series.  Leonard also started all six games against the Thunder and he averaged 35.5 minutes, 23.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.5 blocked shots per game.  33-year old point guard Tony Parker played hard, but he was overmatched by Russell Westbrook.  Parker started all six games in this series and he averaged 29.2 minutes, 10.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game.  28-year old shooting guard Danny Green stepped up in this series for the Spurs.  He started all 6 games against the Thunder and he averaged 30.7 minutes, 10.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game.  Green shot 50% from the floor and he was also 18 of 34 (52.9%) from the three point line in this series!  38-year old shooting guard Manu Ginobili and 40-year old center Tim Duncan both looked their age in this series.  Ginobili played in all 6 games off the bench in this series and he averaged 19.4 minutes, 6.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.  Duncan started all 6 games against the Thunder and he averaged 22.9 minutes, 6.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.  He only shot 35.9 from the floor and 66.7% from the free throw line in this series.  The Spurs played hard, just not good enough to beat the Thunder in this series.

Game #6: Oklahoma City Thunder 113, San Antonio Spurs 99

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Friday 13 May 2016 at 6:48 am

The San Antonio Spurs didn’t have much of a chance against the Thunder in OKC last night.  Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Spurs last night with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.  Tim Duncan stepped up his game last night as he finished up with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 1 blocked shot in 34 minutes on the floor.  LaMarcus Aldridge also had a good game with 18 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 blocked shot.  The Spurs lost to the Thunder in six games in this series.

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