imagump1313 wrote: GREY 1769 wrote:
Well DD was out protesting BLM in Compton without a mask on, so... I mean, hopefully he's safe and healthy, but risks like that are all the higher now.
I really hope he doesn't play.
The only good thing that could come of any of this is that we get 8 games to let young guys prove themselves.(basically summer league but against better competition)
If I have to watch DeRozan gobble up 35-40 minutes per during these meaningless games, hogging all the shots and running the offense and our young guys are sitting around doing nothing, I am going to punch a wall. We know what he is, GTFO already so we can see what else we have.
I might actually be interested in watching some of this nonsense IF......
and Mills don't play. There is no reason for any of them to play.
Yeah I'm all for minutes for the young guys, and with LMA out, we'll have to play a more up-tempo game to better suit their strengths. DD had the highest usage percentage even as LMA was our best overall player (somewhat understandable given one's a G/F, the other a C), and I hope that becomes more equitable for all our other players now. We'll have to be more G/F oriented without our primary big option, so it'll be interesting to see how we adjust.
I doubt we'll be going just for the experience - it's my understanding we're still going there with the mindset to give it an honest best shot. To that end, I don't mind minutes for the other vets you mentioned, so long as they're producing. Patty almost always does and this without really stepping on the younger players' minutes. Beli can get his spot up minutes - so long as he's hitting his shot while spacing. Otherwise, sits.
I do wonder how we're going to fill the position. This article
suggests, reasonably, Drew Eubanks - an obvious choice; Quinn - not sure we need to convert his two-way right now given our glut of guards; Austin Spur Dedrick Lawson
Another Austin Spurs player and current free agent, Dedric Lawson could be a choice for San Antonio in filling out the roster.
Averaging 13.7 points on 53% shooting and 8.2 rebounds a game for Austin, Lawson was a consistent role player that made plays on both ends of the court. His length also helped him in towering over players even though he’s only listed at 6’7.
As well, Lawson shot 33% from three point range, showing he has the ability to shoot from deep. He’d be another player within the Spurs system which would make it easier to transition to the NBA roster then an outside player.
Lawson is a player to keep an eye on come the transaction window.
Now, we also have these options:
To that end, one suggestion in the article as a replacement signing is Boogie Cousins. Not sure how his recovery is progressing, but he seems to be a popular choice among Spurs twitter fans (so it must be happening, right? lol). Another suggestion is Dragan Bender - honestly, I'd forgotten he was in the league. As the article says, there's a reason he's a FA.
Per the article, Marks said those rules he tweeted about may change, and if they do, then another option could be Luc Mbah a Moute:
The 11 year veteran is a consistent 3-and-D type player with plenty of experience to make him a good pick for a man to fill out depth. Along with his style of play and his defense that could be useful to San Antonio, he also fits the wing description that the Spurs have been needing all season long.
Bottom line, I think we go with someone who knows our system - so Drew likely has the inside track for a two-way contract to be converted.
I think Boogie is an interesting choice.
Dedrick Lawson is an outside shot. I've seen him listed 6'7" and 6'9", but at 22 and knowing our system, him and Drew would be solid options to shore up our bigs dearth.
Hopefully we move the ball more (including half court, so long as the ball doesn't stick) and work the transition game more as well. It's an opportunity to see the younger group work together without having its main scorer to rely on.