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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.

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.

Patty Mills opts in to stay with the San Antonio Spurs in 2013-14

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at 8:23 am

24-year old PG/SG Patty Mills has opted in for the 2013-14 season to stay with the Spurs and make $1.1 million bucks.  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.  Mills has now played in 148 games (5 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 11.7 minutes, 5.7 points, 0.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.  Mills is a solid shooter from everywhere on the floor, hitting 44.4% from the floor, 38.7% from three point range and 80.7% from three point range so far in his career.  Mills’ decision surprises me a little bit, as he probably got have got more money and playing time from another team.

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 have seven free agents heading into this summer

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 21 June 2013 at 12:46 pm

The Spurs have seven potential free agents heading into this summer, so they are going to have some tough decisions to make.  Here is a look at who I see staying and leaving:

Patrick Mills – Mills has been sitting at the end of the bench for the Spurs, but he has played well when given the chance to play.  I think he will opt out of his player option (valued at $1.13 million bucks) and hit the open market.  VERDICT:  Leaving

Manu Ginobili – I can’t see Ginobili playing for another team in 2013-14.  I don’t think he wants to be remembered for his work in the NBA Finals.  VERDICT:  Staying for one more year

Gary Neal – Neal might be looking for a starting job this summer and he is certainly good enough to get one along with a nice raise.  VERDICT:  Leaving

Tracy McGrady – He did next to nothing for the Spurs.  VERDICT:  Leaving

DeJuan Blair – Blair will finally get out of Gregg Popovich’s Dog House by signing on with a new team.  VERDICT:  Leaving

Boris Diaw – Veteran forward Boris Diaw was rock solid in the playoffs.  I think he will pick up his player option worth $4.7 million bucks to played for the Spurs again in 2013-14.  VERDICT:  Returning

Tiago Splitter – Splitter was a disappointment in the NBA Finals, but centers are hard to find.  He is a restricted free agent and I think the Spurs will ante up as long as he doesn’t get a ridiculous offer.  VERDICT:  Staying

Gregg Popovich continues rolling along for the San Antonio Spurs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Coaching,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 21 June 2013 at 12:39 pm

64-year old head coach Gregg Popovich had his Spurs on the brink of a fifth NBA Championship against huge odds in 2012-13.  A few missed opportunities and lucky shots by the Heat at the end of Game #6 of the NBA Finals did them in.  That being said, Popovich might have done his best coaching job in 2012-13.  He led the Spurs to another Southwest Division title with a 58-24 record (70.7%).  He then led the Spurs to a 15-6 (71.4%) record in the post-season against a gauntlet of solid teams.  Popovich is now 905-423 (68.1%) in his first 17 years as the Spurs’ head coach during the regular season.  He is also 133-83 (61.6%) in the playoffs so far in his career with the Spurs.  Popovich is also 4-1 in the NBA Finals, so as to me he is still the best head coach in the NBA.

The San Antonio Spurs didn’t have much P.T. available for their rookies in 2012-13

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Rookie Reports by joelapinski on Friday 21 June 2013 at 12:34 pm

The Spurs had their eyes on winning an NBA Title in 2012-13, so they didn’t have much P.T. available for their rookies.  25-year old shooting guard Nando De Colo played in 72 games (6 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 12.8 minutes, 3.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.  In his six starts last year, De Colo averaged 27.5 minutes, 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  DeColo only shot 33.3% from the floor (14 of 42) in his starts.  26-year old center Aron Baynes played in 16 games (0 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 8.8 minutes, 2.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  Look for these guys to play more in the near future for the Spurs.

The San Antonio Spurs had an outstanding year in 2012-13

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by joelapinski on Friday 21 June 2013 at 12:30 pm

The Spurs might have lost the NBA Finals in 7 hard games last night, but they showed the heart of a champion once again.  The Spurs won the Southwest Division this year by 2 games over the Memphis Grizzlies.  They then went a very impressive 15-6 (71.4%) in the post-season.  Here is a look at the players that made the biggest impacts for the Spurs last year in my opinion:

TEAM MVP:  Tony Parker – 31-year old point guard Tony Parker is the youngest player of the Spurs’ version of the Big Three (Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili) and he played the best of that trio during the regular season.  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.  Parker shot a very impressive 52.2% from the floor last year, which is amazingly good for a point guard.  Parker had 17 double-doubles and 1 triple-double last year for the Spurs.  Parker scored at last 20 points in 40 games last year.  He also had 5 or more rebounds 10 times, 10 or more assists 17 times and he had 33 games with at least 1 steal.

BIGGEST SURPRISE:  Tiago Splitter – 28-year old center Tiago Splitter stepped up his game in the regular season for the Spurs in 2012-13.  He 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.  Splitter had 11 double-doubles last year for he Spurs.  Splitter had 49 games in which he scored 10 or more points last year.  He also had 15 games with 10 or more rebounds and 5 games with at least 3 blocked shots last year.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:  Stephen Jackson – 35-year old SG/SF Stephen Jackson was cut late in the year due to his off year.  Jackson played in 55 games (6 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 19.5 minutes, 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.  Jackson only shot 37.3% from the floor and 27.1% from three point range last year, which was pretty awful.  Jackson wasn’t good enough to stick around for the playoffs in the eyes of head coach Gregg Popovich.

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