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What does the future hold for the Spurs?..

 

After the heartbreaking elimination of our beloved team by the Mavericks and Suns for two consecutive seasons, what does the future have for the Spurs? There are simply a lot of unknowns...

Case 1 -The Big Three

                The Big Three, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobilli has faced tons of ups and downs this past season due to injury and age (Duncan-35, Ginobilli-32), bring along inconsistency and we dug ourselves into a very big hole that we can't climb out of. Sure, all they need is a lot of rest and they will surely get it this offseason, but how about next year?  Can they show promise that they'll be ready for the playoffs, when all the physical and mental fatigue are at its peak? Ginobilli, especially Duncan can't play the minutes like they used to at their prime, we all know that. But without those minutes from them, what can we do?

Case 2 - Richard Jefferson

                Inconsistency. That's  one word that comes to my mind whenever  RJ's name is mentioned (actually, the first one would be F%@k!). Richard Jefferson just came out his most disappointing season since his rookie year. I know, the Spurs playbook is complicated, etc. etc...But his athleticism alone could be useful, we have seen that in several games, but most of the time he just stood there like an atheistic child waiting for attention. (Sorry, just bending out frustration) Besides, Antonio McDyess stepped it upped during our short playoff stint, how come RJ didn't, when they came into fold at the same offseason? There are also a lot of unknowns regarding RJ, will he opt out? Will he be a traded? If he stays, what can we actually expect of him?

 Case 3 - Tiago Splitter Beims

Position Forward-Center

Height 2.12 m (6 ft 11+1⁄2 in)

Weight 111 kg (245 lb)

2009-2010 Stats

PPG: 13

RPG: 5.4

APG: 1.8

SPG: 0.8

2P%: 53.9%

3P%: 0%

FT%: 63.6%

Career Highlights:

  • Brazilian U21 National Team -00
  • South American U21 Finalist -00
  • Copa America U21 Championships -00
  • Brazilian U18 National Team -02
  • Pan Am Junior tournment All Star team -02
  • Brazilian National Team -02-09
  • World Championships in Indianapolis (USA) -02
  • South American Championships -03(Champion)
  • Panamerican Games -03(Champion)
  • Tournament of the Americas (Copa America) -03, 05
  • 40th South American Championship -2003 All Star Team
  • Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Winner -04, 06, 09
  • Spanish ACB Regular Season Champion -04, 05, 07, 09
  • Spanish ACB Semifinals -04, 07
  • Euroleague Finalist -05
  • America Cup in Dominican Rep. -05
  • Spanish ACB Finalist -05, 06, 09
  • Spanish ACB Supercup Winner -05, 06, 08 (MVP)
  • Euroleague Semifinals -06, 07
  • Spanish ACB Regular Season Runner-Up -06
  • World Championships in Japan -06: 5 games: 16.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 64%, FT: 72%
  • Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals -07
  • Tournament of the Americas -07 (Semifinals): 10 games: 12.4ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 52.6%, FT: 63.6%
  • Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Finalist -08
  • Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team -08
  • Euroleague Semfinals -08
  • Spanish ACB Champion -08
  • Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team 2009
  • Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention 2008
  • Marchand Cup -09: 3 games: 15.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 67.7%
  • FIBA Americas in San Juan (Puerto Rico) -09 (Champion): 9 games: 9.7ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 55.3%
  • Euroleague Quarterfinals -10
  • Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 3rd Team -10

PRO'S

  • 7'2 wingspan
  • 9'1.5 standing reach
  • excellent long frame
  • nice vertical leap, good quickness and great mobility
  • excellent decision making on defense
  • remarkable lateral quickness, understands defensive angles extremely well and is highly efficient in his movements
  • enjoys excellent timing in pick and roll plays
  • shows good positioning on weak-side defense
  • can produce down low with some simple moves and a nice soft touch (sounds familiar?)

CON'S

  • poor shooting
  • not a shot-blocking type of defender
  • never risks his defensive position for the sake of adding blocks to his stat-line
  • could use some definite polish with his footwork
  • must learn to play with smaller spaces and get used to improvising moves better
  • struggles posting-up more physical defenders
  • not the quickest player getting off his feet
  • not a great intimidator at this moment, especially concerning defending his own matchup
  • tends to stand still with his arms raised and no leaping effort
  • gets outmuscled in the low post by some players
  • rebounding numbers aren't all that impressive for his size

*Taken from various scouting reports

                So, that's Tiago Splitter for you. Further, please remember that these stats and evaluation are from the Euroleague, will these translate well in the NBA? In the first place, how much are we sure that he will actually come and play in the NBA? And, will it be for the Spurs?

Case 4 - 2010 Draft

                It is stills a month to go before draft day, so for now let's leave it to the FO and the scouts to do their job. We can speculate all we want, but in the end it will still be up to them. You have to remember that the FO likes to surprise fans with their "under the radar" moves, so I'm really not betting the farm on speculations and rumors.

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