I am definitely a Blair fan, maybe that is why I notice these little things. Looking at the preseason stats on the team page, Blair has 13 steals!! The next closest total is Manu with 5. Blair is averaging 1.86 steals per game, in 17 minutes per game. And they are not all in the paint, he has grabbed a few in transition. I know this is the preseason and the regulars are not getting their minutes or going 100%, But....
In the preseason DeJuan has been going against other rookies, bench players, and folks that won't be playing during the regular season. He has done well in this venue. I hope it will translate into some decent time during the regular season. I realize his minutes will go down with the start of the season, I am hoping for at least 10 - 15 minutes in the beginning.
A couple of passes in transition where Blair gets the ball from Manu have translated into to points. Others also seem to be trying to get him the ball in the paint. It appears that the 'old guard' is trying to get him involved. Which translates into...they think he can be an positive additional at the offensive end as well as a rebounder. He also needs to stay on Pop's good side. We have seen what happened to Malik Rose, George Hill and others during their first year. Pop's dog house is at the FAR end of the bench.
Am I making a mountain out of a molehill, or is our Man Mountain finding other ways to get the Spurs the ball when there is no chance to grab a rebound?