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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.

The San Antonio Spurs made a rare mistake in 2007

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Thursday 27 June 2013 at 5:17 pm

The San Antonio Spurs are the master of stashing players from overseas and then bringing them to the states years later.  Well, in the 2002 NBA Draft, they selected power forward Luis Scola with the #56 overall pick (2nd round).  Scola never played for the Spurs.  They dealt him on July 12, 2007 along with Jackie Butler to the Houston Rockets for Vassilis Spanoulis and a 2009 2nd round pick (Nando De Colo).  Spanoulis never played in a game for the Spurs.  De Colo just came over to the states for the 2012-13 season.  De Colo played in 72 games (6 starts) as a rookie for the Spurs last year and he averaged 12.8 minutes, 3.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.  Scola has turned into a good NBA player and the Spurs rarely make mistakes like dealing him to the rival Houston Rockets.

The San Antonio Spurs have two picks in next week’s NBA Draft

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Friday 21 June 2013 at 12:48 pm

The Spurs are going to probably go for it again in 2013-14, so I see them preserving cap space by stashing an overseas player in the first round and picking a player in the second round.  In my mock draft found on bloglockers.com, I have the Spurs taking small forward Giannis Adetokundo out of Greece.  In the second round, I have the Spurs picking center Zeke Marshall out of Akron.  Marshall is a defensive monster as he is a shot blocking machine.

The San Antonio Spurs picked shooting guard Marcus Denmon in the 2nd round

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by alleyoop on Friday 29 June 2012 at 10:29 pm

The Spurs picked 22-year old shooting guard Marcus Denmon out of Missouri with the 59th overall pick (2nd round) of the 2012 NBA Draft. He is 6’3″, 185 pounds. Denmon played in 35 games for Missouri last year and he averaged 34.6 minutes, 17.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He played in 141 games in his four years in college and he averaged 25.5 minutes, 12.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. This was a rock solid pick for the Spurs so late in the game.

UPDATE: (7/25/2012) – Marcus Denmon has signed a 1-year deal to play in Europe.

The San Antonio Spurs took Adam Hanga in the 2nd round of the 2011 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by alleyoop on Friday 24 June 2011 at 5:12 pm

The Spurs took 22-year old, 6’7″, 200 pound SG Adam Hanga out of Hungary with the 59th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft. Hanga played in 39 games in Hungary last year and he averaged 33.3 minutes, 17.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game. He also shot 57.2% from the floor last year. The Spurs are going to be willing to wait for Hanga. They continue to leave no rock unturned when looking for international talent and that’s one of the reasons that the Spurs have been so successful lately.

The San Antonio Spurs acquired Davis Bertans last night

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by alleyoop on Friday 24 June 2011 at 5:09 pm

The Pacers picked 18-year old, 6’10”, 210 pound forward Davis Bertans out of Slovenia last night and they then dealt him to the Spurs to complete the George Hill trade. Bertans played with three teams in Europe last year and he played in 27 games in which he averaged 12.6 minutes, 5.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. The Spurs will likely play the waiting game with Bertans just like they did with Tiago Splitter.

The San Antonio Spurs took Cory Joseph in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by alleyoop on Friday 24 June 2011 at 5:06 pm

The Spurs took 19-year old combo guard Cory Joseph with the 29th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft last night. He is 6’3″, 185 pounds so he could likely handle either the point or shooting guard spot. Joseph played in 36 games for the Texas Longhorns last year (his only year in college) and he averaged 32.4 minutes, 10.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Joseph did hit 52 of 126 (41.3%) shots from three point range last year. The Spurs will have plenty of minutes behind Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Gary Neal in 2011-12, so Joseph will likely be thrown right into the fire as a bench player in 2011-12.

The San Antonio Spurs acquired small forward Kawhi Leonard from the Pacers last night

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by alleyoop on Friday 24 June 2011 at 5:01 pm

The Indiana Pacers took 19-year old small forward Kawhi Leonard with the #15 overall pick last night before dealing him along with 18-year old forward Davis Bertans (the #42 overall pick) to the Spurs for George Hill. Leonard is 6’7″, 225 pounds and he played his college ball at San Diego State. Leonard played in 36 games for San Diego State last year and he averaged 32.6 minutes, 15.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Leonard played in 70 games in his two years in college and he averaged 31.9 minutes, 14.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Leonard has a huge upside and he will battle James Anderson and Richard Jefferson for the starting small forward job in 2011-12 for the Spurs.

The San Antonio Spurs deal George Hill to the Pacers

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by alleyoop on Friday 24 June 2011 at 7:46 am

The Spurs dealt 25-year old SG/PG George Hill to the Pacers for a first round pick (SF Kawhi Leonard), a second round pick (F Davis Bertans) and a second round pick from 2005 (F Erazem Lorbek). Hill played in 76 games (5 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 28.3 minutes, 11.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He played in 231 games (55 starts) for the Spurs in his three years with the team and he averaged 24.6 minutes, 9.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. This will likely be a good deal for both teams as Hill will likely start at SG for the Pacers with rookie small forward Kawhi Leonard having a good shot to start for the Spurs.

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