An x factor is defined as a variable in a situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome.
Sometimes the impact is unpredictable, like the way an unknown George Hill came in his rookie season and made a name for himself.
All most people know about James Anderson (no, not the NFL player), is that he was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in 2010 and he missed most of his rookie campaign due to injury.
The 6-6 guard/forward earned high praise from his teammates in training camp last season.
Former Spurs forward, Antonio McDyess, said then he was surprised at the new talent, including Anderson, who could help right away.
Anderson did just that, scoring 10 points in his rookie debut.
With plenty of competition at shooting guard and small forward, the biggest question mark was Anderson's defense. He would have to show he could defend in order to carve out a role.
He certainly answered the call, picking up a block per game in the three games that followed before suffering a foot injury that kept him out until January.
Watching Anderson through a rehab stint with the Austin Toros, it was clear that he'll be able to make a name for himself in the NBA. Even when he wasn't at full health or speed, he was able to pull up and sink jumper after jumper if he wasn't slashing to the basket.
He has the rare combination of speed, athleticism and an outside shot that could pose a threat at either the shooting guard or small forward position, and he put that on display this summer at the Impact Training Series in Las Vegas, NV. While the injury took away some of his explosiveness last season, don't be surprised to see him finish at the rim as often as he knocks down a jumper from either wing.
Having a full training camp last season and this season could give Anderson an advantage coming into this season with a clean bill of health.
He's obviously already impressed Tony Parker, who called Anderson the surprise of camp.
While he's listed as a shooting guard, at 6-6, Anderson can certainly play at small forward and could eventually compete for starting minutes.
While the Spurs lost in the free agent small forward sweepstakes, they may have their next starter already suited up in silver and black. And his name is not Richard Jefferson.
Love JA, love Cory... we have a great lineup for small ball... but we STILL NEED A BIG. Still trying to figure out what the Spurs brass are thinking... why we didn't make a strong play for Sammy D (or figure out how to create a max offer for Marc Gasol)... but if we wanted Sammy there was no reason we couldn't get him. Negotiations are how I make a living... the Spurs appear to be sending mixed signals, in addition to not negotiating in a logical/linear/creative/effective fashion. If you want Sammy, you figure out how to get it done. Period. You don't use what you have if you don't have what your partner needs, you create useable assets specifically for the transaction.
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It appears SB (Spurs Brass) have attempted to make it clear they want to maximize Duncan's last contract year (a la Amnesty). If the Spurs were seriously considering using the Amnesty provision on RJ, then why not do a sign and trade with SAC for Sammy... you have as many pieces as you want. You can move McDyess's contract, other players of value, exceptions, expiring contracts, draft picks... perhaps offering to pay half of RJ salary for one or two years up front if necessary (cash)? You basically create a half-amnesty while preserving the full Amnesty.
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You free up cap space to pay Sammy more than the mid-level (what he wanted) with RJ at half price, other contracts, etc... and get Duncan a running mate in Sammy. The options are there, based on what they have... and have said. Good gawd if there was any way on earth to pry Gasol out... just take a moment to imagine. Obviously I don't have access to the internal machinations of the Spurs, maybe they just don't really like Sammy's personality or style... whatever. But there's no history of the Spurs being savvy negotiators. They need to figure it out.
Not a big fan of Cuban's... but he knows how to do it... create commonly desired assets (previously acquired trade exception), and recognizes when to seize opportunity (Odom for the trade exception). I think the Mavs are weaker, but give Cuban some credit for saving face to some extent after the poor decision to let Tyson and Berea walk. C'mon Spurs... lets get creative and give Duncan the running partner he deserves. Figure it out. GO SPURS GO.
A legitimate 7 footer just hopped in the free agency pool - Hamed Haddadi.
It seems like we should have a fighting shot should we attempt to sign him. He is unrestricted so no need to wait n see if Memphis will match offer
@russman138 I have seen him play, he isn't bad at all! He can definitely help us on the defensive end!
@russman138 at this point I think the SAS will just go to war with what they already got. sucks.
I think we all agree we need a legitimate post defender other than TImmy and Tiago to be contenders - this has been stated by this website, fans and media talkin heads alike. I'm not saying Haddadi is the one we've been waiting for, but he's definitely worth a look. I don't see why that is so foolish.
Then again... I'm just an over-opinionated fan
A chance to win.... a championship?
That is possible IF and ONLY IF we have a legitimate post defender in rotation that isn't Timmy or Tiago. You know this as you've stated it on Podcasts and Blogs alike. I love Blair.. tenacious rebounding, can score in the post, and lead the league in steals for Centers last year. But he will never be a premier post shot blocker/defender (something we will be screaming for come playoff time).
If Zeller works out and has a great year.. then fantastic - we got lucky. But don't count on it. Hassell is.. well.. an inch shorter than Bonner and 20 lbs heavier.
If Haddadi goes un-looked then I would be extremely disappointed in our FO. He is 7'2, 265lbs and only 26 yrs old and has NBA/Euroleague experience.
Well... The FO never sleeps. Like Pop said a few days ago.. "We aren't just going to get a body to put in there"
With that said, a really good argument could be made for Haddadi not being "just another body." If we would giver Zeller a shot.. I don't see why it's so far fetched to give Haddadi a chance.
Chuck Hayes has been signed by the kings. Soon to be relesed k. martin to be signed by the knicks. Fesenko is not available. G.Lawal waived by the spurs. Dec 26 looms big. Its spurs vs. grizzlies. A repeat? Wait till the big men of the spurs outfoxed and outreboundedby the grizzlies. With no big men to stop the grizzlies what is to be expected?