Today was media day in San Antonio. Beyond colorful interviews with Pop, the Big Three and a classically stoic Kawhi, we found out all 20 players that'll be going camping in Colorado Springs from Oct 1-4.
Here's the official press release from Spurs.com:
The Spurs current roster stands at 20 players, and includes the additions of veteran forwards Corey Maggette and Sam Young in addition to center Marcus Cousin, guards Courtney Fells and Myck Kabongo and forward Dan Nwaelele (updated roster attached).
Maggette (6-6, 225), a 14-year NBA veteran, appeared in 18 games with the Detroit Pistons last season, averaging 5.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 14.3 minutes. He enjoyed his best season with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2004-05 when he appeared in 66 games, averaging 22.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals. For his career he has appeared in 827 career games with 478 starts, averaging 16.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists, while shooting .453 (4065-8969) from the floor and .822 (4,605-5,599) from the free-throw line.
A four-year NBA veteran, Young (6-6, 225), spent last season with the Indiana Pacers where appeared in 56 games, averaging 2.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 12.4 minutes. His best season came in 2009-10 with the Memphis Grizzlies when he appeared in 80 games, averaging 7.4 points and 2.5 rebounds, while converting on .451 (224-497) of his attempts from the field. For his career, he has appeared in 249 games, averaging 5.8 points and 2.3 rebounds, while shooting .442 (560-1266) from the floor and .742 (267-360) from the free-three line.
Maggette and Young should come as no surprise to fans who have been following the team lately. Pop has explained that he wants to see what the two small forwards, both strong guys who can guard the bigger 3s in the league, can bring to the team as backups to Kawhi.
The new names to most of us are Cousin, Fells, Kabongo and Nwaele. Kabongo, like Cory Joseph, is another Canadian point guard who played at the University of Texas. Unlike Joseph, Kabongo went undrafted after declaring for this year's draft. Nwaele is a 6'5'' forward who should feel right at home during training camp, seeing as how he played his college ball for the Air Force Academy. Fells, a 6'6'' wing, played at North Carolina State and could be another body Pop is looking at to back up Leonard. Cousin is a big man who's spent time on the Toros and overseas, most recently in Japan.
You can watch Pop discussing the offseason, the new additions to the coaching staff, easing Tony (or not) back from his busy summer, as well as his training camp selections in this interview from earlier today.
So, what do you think, Pounders? Do you like any of these guys to round out the 15-man roster?