The San Antonio Spurs are coasting this season with their league-leading NBA record at 45-9.
However, there are some weak spots with the team. Namely, the lack of size aside from Tim Duncan.
The Spurs big men are DeJuan Blair, Matt Bonner, Antonio McDyess and Tiago Splitter but some question if these players are enough for the Spurs.
With the trade deadline looming, former Spur and former Phoenix Suns GM, Steve Kerr shared his thought on the Spurs and if they will make a move for another big man:
"They likely won't get anybody who would play ahead of Splitter," Kerr said. "Splitter is hardly getting any minutes, but who do they get to come in? Splitter has now been there half a year and he's familiar with the system and what they're trying to do.
"That's the tricky part with these things. When you say who we can get, you have to get somebody better than who you already have on the bench. I don't see anybody out there better than Splitter for San Antonio." (nba.com)
Obviously, the Spurs main competition in the West are the Los Angeles Lakers and they do have size. Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom crowd the paint but the Spurs have beaten the Lakers twice this season.
In the East are the Boston Celtics who also have the size advantage over the Spurs with Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis, Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal, Kendrick Perkins, Semih Erden and the Spurs barely lost the game in Boston.
Barring any trade, there isn't much by way of available free-agents unless you consider the few which are remaining.
If Troy Murphy gets waived spurs should get him quick 6'11 big that plays "D" and rebound is a plus.Has anyone thought about Greg Oden for next year it may be a safe bet to say the Blazers won't sign him back.
I like Tiago, but at times he seems tentative, like he's not "letting go" and playing his aggresive best. Also, he's hurting (sprained hamstring), so I'm not sure what effect that will have. I agree with Kerr that Tiago might be better than any other big guy out there, but I wouldn't mind if Pop looks for another big body that still may be available just to help out with minutes.
I feel the current lineup have what it takes to win it all. Just stay healthy and focused we can win the 5th ring this season.
I feel like this size thing is overblown. The Celtics managed fine with PJ Brown as back up against Odom and Gasol in 2008. Wasn't Oberto the starting center in 2007 for the Spurs? If the Spurs indeed have trouble scoring inside against teams like the Celtics/Lakers, they've proven this year with the exception of maybe that 76ers game that they can make outside shots. Way too many 3 point threats. Both the Lakers and Celtics are older than the Spurs and I don't see them closing out on shooters well.
you forgot Perkins for the Celtics and spelled Andrew Bynum and Jermaine O'Neal wrong ;).
@LFJeremy What do think of trading Tiago & RJ for Tayshaun Prince?
@TD21 Well I did say he still wont be good enough. Murphy seems to be the best opton at this point.
@JeffProjectSpurs Marcus Cousin? you're joking right?
@Alvin there is the dleague. remember cousin w. the toros? ughh he still wont be good enough
@JeffProjectSpurs That's exactly why the Spurs won't add another big unless somebody becomes availbale at the trade deadline like Murphy.