Goodbye Bowen Hello ? marks:
We all knew once Bowen was traded the spurs would have big shoes to fill. They can at least try. Bowen was the main anchor on defense for a long time besides Tim. Now with him gone the spurs must look to there new players for a defensive stopper. They have about 4 guys who could Possibly fill that role. Let me think what you guys fell at the end of the post who our defense stopper is. Some of you may be surprised with who I choose as our defense stopper.
George Hill: This season George worked very hard to become better and it has showed in the summer league and pre season. Last year Hill showed he can be a great defense player. Hill has a chance to be the spurs defense stopper because of his wing span. I think it is 6'9 and he is about 6'2. He can possibly guard 1 and 2's. He has shown his defense ability many times. In a game agisnt the Pistons he had 3 blocks on Allin iverson. He is deftnely the best option to guard the quicker points. Pop had so much confidence in his ability that he had him guard Kobe in a critical time in the game. Of course Kobe hit it but did you notice he didn't get into the paint. He is definitely going to get more min this year and will have his chance to show the spurs what he can really do this year.
Richard Jefferson: There was a time when Richard Jefferson was one of the best defenders at the SF position. When he was in New Jersey and wasn't the main scoring option with Carter and Kid he flourished. He would often be assigned the opposing teams best player and would do fairly well. His defense mind set would take a step backwards when he was traded to the bucks. With nagging injury's Jefferson was forced to become the main scorer. He had to rely more on offense than he did defense. So come no surprise his defense plummeted. He was still fairly decent and will most likely return to his defense mind set now in SA. There are many reasons I could say why we should expect Jefferson to return to his defense game. One main reason though I just because Pop is the coach.
Malik Hairston: Despite what some of you may say I think hairston is our best option as a defense stopper. This guy played PF sometimes in college. The spurs obviously have some real interest in him. They drafted him, put him in Austin to develop his game then resignd him. There are not to many spurs players I could think of that get waived by the spurs are then resign back with them soon. When he got min he showed he could be a great defense player. In a game with the nuggets he had 12 Points,1 steal, 1 block, and 5 rebounds. He even blocked one of Melo shot if my memory serves me right. What interest me is his blocking ability. When he plays significant min he can got a block and sometimes a steal every game. As of now he is definitely ahead of Marcus Williams of making the roster. Hopefully he can crack the rotation come playoff time.
Keith Bogans: This is one guy I do not know to much about but I will try to sum up what I think he could do for this team. The spurs apparently were interested in him all summer and finally singed him late in the off-season. He is coming in as a defense specialist and if he lives up to that he will most likely crack the rotation playing some SF and SG. I am hoping he doesn't turn out to be another Udoka. His offense game is like Bowens he can hit the corner 3 but hasn't really shown that yet. It could be due to the fact of learning the new spurs system. I would say the spurs have plans for him if they signed him to a one year deal. Why would they sign this guy if they didn't have interest in him. You don't sign someone just so you can lose out on cap space especially when your nearly over it.