The 2010 NBA Draft is fast approaching so let’s take a look at the Spurs’ needs and what they might do with their two picks.Let’s a take a quick look at the roster, position by position, so see where the Spurs need help.
Guards - The PG and SG positions are usually filled by some combination of Tony Parker, George Hill, and Manu Ginobili. Parker and Ginobili start at PG and SG, respectively, and Hill is the first option of the bench and can play either position, although he is better suited to run the point. Their primary back-ups and role-players at guard are Keith Bogans, Malik Hairston, and Roger Mason Jr. They also have some rookies who rarely saw time in games this year.
Really, the Spurs are set at guard. Ginobili is getting a little old and has some injury concerns, but he still has a few years left in him. Parker is still one of the best in the game at point guard and George Hill played so well this year that there were rumors of moving Parker this off-season. I doubt the Spurs take a guard in the draft. Maybe they take one in the second round for depth, but they probably won’t.
Forwards - The only players on the roster listed as a forward only, and not C-F, or F-C, or F-G, are Tim Duncan and Richard Jefferson, who both start. DeJuan Blair, Matt Bonner, and Antonio McDyess are listed as center-forwards. Blair usually starts at center. McDyess comes of the bench at either position and Bonner is a role-player, usually at center. Roger Mason Jr. is listed a F-G, but now only comes in spots to provide a shooting spark.
Obviously the Spurs are set with Duncan, for a while anyway. Duncan is also getting old and has a lot of mileage. He has had some injury problems recently but is still great. They might think about getting some depth for him in the next year or two (they started doing that by drafting Blair last year), but for now they are set.
Jefferson has not really worked out the way the Spurs and their fans hoped he would. His style of play and the Spurs’ style of offense don’t gel. The Spurs like to run half-court sets that rely on fundamentals. Jefferson likes to run and improvise and get to the rack. He is not a good enough jump shooter and the Spurs don’t run enough for there to be a fit.
Forward is the position the Spurs are mostly likely to go for in this draft, either to provide depth behind Duncan or find a better fit than Jefferson.
Center - The sole player listed as a center only is Ian Mahinmi. Who? Exactly. DeJuan Blair usually starts at center and although he is shorter than Mahinmi by about four inches, he is better suited to play the position. He is bigger and can bang with other centers. Matt Bonner and Antonio McDyess also come of the bench to play center sometimes.
The Spurs like what they see in Blair, but he is short for a center and has major knee issues. He is built to play forward, but the Spurs have a guy you may have heard of there. I see the Spurs taking a center in the second round, unless the right player falls to them in the first round.
So, who do they take? In the first round I see them going for a small forward, maybe Luke Babbitt from Nevada, Quincy Pondexter from Washington, Damion James from Texas, or Devan Ebanks from WVU, depending on which, if any, of them are still available. But…I’m hoping Larry Sanders from VCU falls to the Spurs. He is a 6’10″ center/forwad but if he were there the Spurs better not pass on him. I saw Sanders play in person this year. He is an athletic freak. He has a 7’7″ wingspan, quickness, hops, and toughness. He has been moving up the board though, so the chances of him being there when the Spurs pick at 20 are slim.
In the second round I see the Spurs doing what they always do. They’ll take some player you’ve never heard of from a foreign country, or small college, you know, like George Hill or Tony Parker or Manu Ginobili.
The NBA draft is June 24th at 7pm.
About the Author
Written by Gabriel Rodriguez
Born in Germany, early childhood in NYC, raised in the D.C. area, currently reside in Charlottesville, VA. Big fan of the NY Giants and San Antonio Spurs.