It’s hard to get excited about acquiring a role player, but for the San Antonio Spurs, landing Boris Diaw could make a big difference. Diaw isn’t going to be a big time scorer, he’s not going to fill up a stat sheet, but that’s not what the Spurs need. They have scoring. What they needed was size and depth, and now they have it.
The Spurs have been down a big man all year. It has pretty much been Tim Duncan inside with a little help from undersized forward DeJuan Blair. The move for Diaw was one that had to be made.
While this still doesn’t give the Spurs a “Twin Tower” situation, it will help take some of the pressure off down low. It will also help them match up with teams like the Lakers, should they meet in the playoffs. If you had asked me two weeks ago if the Spurs would beat the Lakers in a 7-game series, I would have been hesitant only because of the matchup problems caused by Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. Now, I’m almost positive the Spurs would win.
Another thing that Diaw brings to the table is versatility, which will be huge come playoff time. He’s capable of banging inside as well as stepping out and shooting the jumper. He’s also a great passer, as he showed in last night’s win against the Suns where he notched four assists in just 18 minutes. Not bad for a big man. He’s capable of filling in for the three through five spots at any time, which means that he can give rest to a majority of the team. A well-rested team is going to be key during the playoffs.
With the addition of Diaw (as well as Stephen Jackson and Patty Mills) the Spurs have made it to the status of championship contender. They’re going to be tough for any team to beat, even the highly favored Oklahoma City Thunder. San Antonio should get ready for a deep playoff run.
What do you have to say Spurs fans? Is Diaw the big man the team needed or do you feel the team is still undersized?
This roster is deep and talented.....With Tim, Tony, and Manu playing at a high level and the great developement of the young talent, along with the additions of Jackson, and Diaw; the entire NBA knows the SPURS are in the mix for the trophy......Losing TJ Ford was costly because he was playing so well and having fun but Patty Mills looks quick and looks like he can play and that frees up Neal to play his normal position......If the SPURS are shooting well, it is lights out for the rest.
I have been a spurs fan since their first ABA team. I have seen alot of players come and go. This years team has everything needed for a 5th ring. Go spurs.
A healthy Splitter is very important to complete the big man rotation. I don't see Blair playing a lot of 4th quarter minutes in a tight playoff game.
@Chris32 i dont see blair getting a lot of minutes in any quarter of the later/tough playoff matchups. he is going to become a garbage time player and im hoping to see more splitter/diaw with duncan then any blair/bonner and anyone. bonner is a notorious fail in the playoffs, and blair is soooooo predictable. i mean is it just me or does everyone else see the ball go to blair and you start counting 1...2...3.... spin to the right and floater. then the ball goes to blair on the other side and in my head 1....2....3.... spin to the left and floater. am i the onlyone who thinks a center/pf should NOT be laying floaters out there inside 5-8-10 feet?????
@JeffProjectSpursThe signing of Diaw and Jackson helped but would still feel more comfortable with a big man.
I'm loving how deep this team is, sjax, Leonard, green for D and Diaw, Duncan and the one guy no one is mentioning is Splitter he's the key to really vamping this teams 4 & 5 spot. The spurs will be a force to be reckon with. I can't wait.
Spurs went from above average to championship favorites in my mind. We have the deepest most versatile team in the league.
For what was out there, diaw was defintely the right choice and if the spurs are healthy, they are in my opinion the best team in the west.