It looks as if 30-year old Boris Diaw is going to enter the season as the Spurs’ starting center, but he won’t likely be playing big minutes. Diaw played in 57 games (35 starts) for the Spurs and Bobcats last year in which he averaged 25.0 minutes, 6.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Diaw has now played in 680 games (468 starts) in his first 9 years in the NBA and he is averaging 30.0 minutes, 9.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. 27-year old Tiago Splitter will be Diaw’s top backup in 2012-13. Splitter played in 59 games (2 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 19.0 minutes, 9.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Splitter has now played in 119 games (8 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 15.6 minutes, 6.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. 23-year old DeJuan Blair is in the Dog House for the Spurs. Blair played in 64 games (62 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 21.3 minutes, 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Blair has now played in 227 games (150 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he averaged 20.2 minutes, 8.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. 29-year old Eddy Curry is a longshot to make the Spurs’ final roster. He played in 14 games (1 start) for the Heat last year and he averaged 5.9 minutes, 2.1 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.1 assists per game. Curry has now played in 525 games (411 starts) in his first 10 years in the NBA and he is averaging 24.9 minutes, 13.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CENTERS IN 2012-13: C