In the continuing saga of preseason prognosticating, weigh-in with your thoughts on the Spurs veteran centers Fabricio Oberto and Kurt Thomas. Come on, Put Your Pride Where Your Mouth Is.
Fab is now 33 years old. I consider him immune to the advances of age. Getting old robs you of your quickness, leaping ability, reaction time, and good looks. Since Fab never had any to begin with, I'm thinking he is like fine wine and can only get better as he gets older.
I mean, seriously, name one thing he does that he's not going to be able to do for the next 4 years. Roll to the basket: Check. Set a screen: Check. Make an uncontested layup: Check. Put his hair behind his ears: Check. Make SiMA look like his man slave: Check.
Fab averaged 20 minutes per game last year and 17 the year before. I expect that he will stay in that range.
He sets hardcore, nasty picks. He passes to Tim very well. He moves to open space on the floor as well as anybody. He runs like my wife in a 3-legged race.
Kurt is 36 years old. I consider him immune to the advances of age. Blah, blah, blah...
Kurt averaged 17 minutes per game last year with the Spurs. I expect that to go up just a bit to the 20-22 minute range.
He sets hardcore, nasty picks. Rumor has it he can hit a 15 foot jumper. However, we didn't see that last year as his shot seemed to be off. He beats the crap out of the other team's post players and doesn't seem to get called for that many fouls doing it. We call that "wily veteran". (about 3 years ago I was going through one of my quit drinking phases. Me and a buddy, and a couple of his lady friends, went out to see some live music and I ordered a club soda. When the cocktail waitress came by with the drinks and charged me $2 I handed her a 5 and said, "keep the change". She responded with, "if you want a refill, it's free." My buddy, 16 years my junior, turned to me and said, "crafty, veteran move".) Kurt Thomas has a lot of crafty, veteran moves.
I like the addition of Crazy Eyes Thomas. I think he is better than Elson for sure, and at least as good as Rasho.
So, our two-headed Kurticio monster should be a viable center for us. No, they won't wow us with their dunks but they should play very solid defense, make open shots, and be old.
I pretty much think we know what we are going to get here and it is better than what we have gotten from the position since Dave retired.