Day two of the Impact League is in the books and for San Antonio Spurs' James Anderson and Kawhi Leonard, it meant another fantastic performance.
Anderson finished with 24 points, 11/12 from the field, 0/4 from the three-point line, 2/2 from the free-throw line, four rebounds, three assists and two turnovers.
What more can can you say about Anderson? Seems as if this guy cannot miss from the field. In day one, he finished with 19 points, 7/10 from the field. His deadly outside shooting will be a needed boost to the Spurs next season.
Leonard finished with 21 points, 6/9 from the field, 2/4 from the three-point line, 3/4 from the free-throw line, nine rebounds and two assists.
The rookie is looking great. One of the knocks on Leonard's game was his less-than-stellar outside shooting touch. But surprisingly he is showing a nice shooting touch. In day one, he finished with 16 points, 6/8 from the field, and 1/4 from the three-point line. His ability to make the shot from the three-point line has to put a smile on Spurs fans and coaching staff.
And for Spurs fans thirsting to see Leonard in action, check out the video below.
Here we go again. Yes we recognize the value of both players. But against whom are they playing and what league? As a fan, I will feel more comfortable and confident if the spurs gave more attention to their interior like who plays when TD and TP are resting. Is there anyone out there who cares to dispute this fact, that the spurs need height and bulk and a sub pg? There are at least more than a dozen in their lineup who are either sf and sg. How many pf and c does the team have? I am not questioning mgnt and coaching staff judgment for indeed they are more knowledgeable than me but, is there anyone out there who can honestly say the spurs does not need add'l help from tall,bulky, young, aggressive, banger pf and c? Granting that the drafting system limits the chance of recruiting a pf/c with upside, the problem will nor go away. Something has to be done!
@rtesoro440 We're in a lockout bro, so management can't do anything to sign any additional bigs or a back up point guard. And last year the Spurs didn't have long, athletic wing players. They had Manu, RJ and a bunch of 6'3" guys. Gary Neal was playing SF at times. So size was an issue not just at the 4 & 5 spots, but at the 2 & 3 spots as well. A productive Kawhi and Mister Anderson solve more problems than you think.
@yowhatupT once again, thank you Trevor! and to rtereso, i've been pointng out to you about the lockout numerous times on other posts, and it seemed like you weren't even aware about the effects of a lockout. and to add on that not only can the management trade or sign players, but the management cannot speak to the players, or even say their names in interviews. Michael Jordan just got fined 100K for mentioning Andrew Bogut in an interview about the lockout. and i don't know how many times i have to say it, but YES, WE ALL KNOW THAT WE NEED TO HAVE AT LEAST ANOTHER BIG MAN. and these articles are here to keep us updated on how our guys, the ones that are playing in these smaller leagues and overseas, are doing. what league you ask? it has the name listed on the article, the Impact League. whom are they playing against? other NBA players. watch that video that's post in this article. it shows some of those players on there.
@rtesoro440@yowhatupT good, you should be aware of the lockout, because most of us have been aware beforehand. the reason why the Project Spurs writers are writing about the current and future PGs, SGs, and SFs is because they are actively playing right now, but it's not like the writers havent been writing about the current and future PFs and Cs as well. they kept up with Splitter and Richards. and yes, they've talked about current and future PGs (De Colo and Joseph). now if you wanna talk about targets of the Spurs, have you not read the articles on here about Nene, Aaron Gray, and Eddy Curry as possible big men targets? if not, i would suggest you go look back in the older articles and read them then. and they're not even that old. 3 months old at most is what i would guess. but if you are wanting more targets to be written about on here, ask the writers because i am not one of them. i'm only a commenter and fan of this site. but it really wont matter until the lockout ends because nothing can be done right now, so you're just gonna have to live with being uncomfortable until the NBA resumes. so let the writers on here keep reporting on the current and future players that are actually part of the Spurs and when the lockout ends, then they can write more articles about which big man the team should target and we can comment about it.
and of course the management and coaching staff would not like that. and don't ever ask a stupid question like that again because of course, i never like to see the Spurs lose, and nobody else on this site either. look, i know you like the Spurs too, but please, try to be more positive than negative.
@RG8907 @yowhatupT We are very aware of the impact of the lockout, of what happened to mj. If we are reacting now is the seeming overemphasis on sg and sf in the spurs lineup and future players of that position. Seldom if at all do we read articles dwelling on pf/c or pg. If these articles can talk about spurs' interest on sf/sg why not pf/c? The spurs mgnt and coaching staff I am sure would not like another humiliating loss like that against the grizzlies! Could you? I CAN1 So you see I will feel comfortable to hear and see some pf/c or pg names who could be the target of the spurs.
Will you supply some names? Tnx
@yowhatupT Thanks for pointing out the lockout. Ya Bro we are aware of the effect s of a lockout. Still and all all it does not stop the spurs from plannining. Didn't I not say we recognize the value of Leonard and Anderson? Just today in a separate article it dwelve on trading for Okofor and Gray. Will this do harm? It was talking about possibilities. The spurs has a lot of wing players but in dire need for pf/c. If you can't see this, I don't know.
@rtesoro440 His 5 million dollar salary (or exemption) will play a huge part in any signings or trades, the only way we get a good FA is if that is included. Wow, can you imagine if there is no season, next year we would have Splitter and Blair we could bring over Richards and or Lorbek, and still be able to afford Nene. Hey Jeff, it would be really cool to see who the free agents would be and how much money we would have next year if we had no season. (It might help the hardcore fans step back from the ledge, lol)
@imwithstupid INdeed I am happy for the spurs, for anderson and Leonard. But the furure should not depend on Mcdyess. He too in a little way helped the spurs but I think he is not the future of the spurs. If the spurs planned in recruiting anderson and leonard, will it hurt to plan for guys to help TD. I know looking for another TD is nor easy but looking to the future would help.
Five things need to happen before anyone needs to worry about our bigs.
We need to see if Dice comes back, we need to see what the new salary cap is, we need to see what management does or doesn't do during the free agency period, and we need to have a season. Until then, just enjoy seeing our young studs play, they may just be our 2 and 3 of the future. Here is to hoping they add a some type of performance exemption in the new cba so teams don't get collared with dead weight contracts.
@Big_Whit anytime bro. we got lots more coming today.
@JeffProjectSpurs @Big_Whit How many spurs players stand 6'8" and taller, 5 or 6? So there must be at least 9 who stands 6'7" and shorter. In your estimation is the current height enough to win a championship? Is the lose to the grtizzlies not enough to prove otherwise? Yes sure Anderson and Leonard can help and uplift the future face of the spurs but, a championship? Pls tell me.
@JeffProjectSpurs I am looking forward to seeing the new guys play in a Spurs uniform. I still consider Anderson and Splitter new, add in Joseph and Leonard, and that 4 new guys that should see lots of playing time.