Ok, I understand everyone’s excited about the Spurs' moves, but expectations are getting a bit silly here. Yes, the Spurs got a steal in Blair in the second round, but let’s be realistic. It’s highly unlikely that he’ll be starting next to Tim Duncan much this year, and certainly not by the playoffs. The Spurs' 2nd big man is going to have to come in and be able to consistently hit jumpers on offense, serve as the secondary shot blocker and guard the Nowitzskis and Gasols of the NBA. None of these seems likely for Blair coming in as a rookie. What we’re getting is a rebounding specialist. Probably the best in this draft class. In such a weak draft, with no first round picks, that is a steal. In reality though, his ceiling as a rookie is probably as the first big off the bench as a Malik Rose styled hustle player (before Malik traded his hustle for a mid-range jumper). I also think he is the perfect style big for a Manu led 2nd unit. If he gives what we expect, Blair will feast on the havoc Manu creates (both good and bad).
As for McClinton: coming in and serving as the “Eddie House” role as a “late second round in an extremely weak draft class” rookie while the FO ignores guys they’ve already been developing from the past two draft classes? Are we seriously thinking this is a possibility? He is going to spend most of his time in Austin next season. We should get used to the idea. Let’s focus on what Malik Hariston and Marcus Williams might offer this season as I suspect they’re more likely to make the roster.