The San Antonio Spurs definitely need to add more size to the roster. We’ve known that for years. This year, they have some options, but definitely a tough choice.
Josh Powell and Eddy Curry have been competing hard to make the final cut. They’ve put up similar numbers in the Spurs’ two preseason games, making it hard to distinguish between the pair.
So how do the Spurs choose?
It’s not going to be easy, but I think you have to go with Curry. He’s been wildly inconsistent these past few years because of injury and his heart problems, but I think he’s shown a lot of dedication to return to where he should be. He’s slimmed down and put in the conditioning work, and looks ready to go.
Just five seasons ago, Curry averaged almost 20 points and seven rebounds a game with the New York Knicks. I don’t think he’ll ever get back to those numbers, but even getting close would be help to a Spurs team that has to compete with Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol in L.A. and Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka in Oklahoma City.
It would be tough to turn away a seven-footer when being undersized is going to be such a big disadvantage this season.
I’m not saying Powell doesn’t deserve a spot. He’s really worked hard and showed a lot early in the Spurs’ preseason, but I just don’t think he’s capable of contributing as much as the team needs.
Eddy Curry would definitely be a high-risk situation, but the rewards could be well worth the chance. True centers are so hard to find these days, and the Spurs could certainly use the help down low.
This comes under the heading "no brainer"!! Its got to be Eddie if you are choosing between the two! I literally cannot believe the Heat actually allowed this guy to hit the open market. Having lived in New York at the time Eddie played there, I was a witness to the kind of talent and potential that this guy really possessed. And, being a spurs fan, I was an objective witness. What most of you need to understand is that when Eddie was with the Knicks, the team was in constant turmoil. The NY sports press by and large hated (and still do) the coach (Isaih Thomas) and the owner (Dolan). So they were constantly on the attack in a way that only the NY sports press can do. And by association, everyone and everything was overly screutinized and criticized. Want proof? Remember when Zach Randolph was there putting up all-star numbers? Do you think that the NY press was not on his case? You bet they were! Because it was all about getting rid of Thomas. And when Eddie was there, it was the same.
Not that I am saying that Eddie was a finished product. But Eddie in his first two years was far more productive than Bynum in his first two. And thats even taking into account he was never even close to being under 300 lbs when he was there. He was young and immature, but he was (and is ) that true rarity. A low-block posting up center who can post up anybody. I saw nights when he simply mauled defenders for stretches of games. Yes, he does need to improve his post defense and rebounding. But you will never have to worry about him being bullied or intimidated by any other big man. Because Eddie is a huge man with monstrous strength, and he knows it! And he is a solid freethrow shooter.
So off of what I saw in NY I must conclude that it was health concerns, not talent concerns, which have sidelined Eddie these last few years. Because off of his offensive low block scoring ability alone, it has been an absolute mystery to me why this guy was not starting for some NBA team.And every year I have been holding onto the hope that we would pick him up. So when I saw him at Miami, for the very first time, I gave no more thought to the hope that he could ever wind up here.So you can't imagine my joy at the prospect of this enormously gifted offensive player being tutored (by TIM) and nurtured (by Pop) into becoming "all that he can be"! Because right now I can guarantee you that there are not 16 pure centers better than this guy in the league.
The Spurs need a post defender instead of a post scorer. They have a lot of guys who can score. Curry is just a Blair with bigger size; no defense, lazy attitude, and probably a burger lover, too.
Well. The preseason game at Houston didn't make it any easier. Curry seemed legit. A little more effort in rebounding would be nice. Blair was there too. I think the roster problem is a guard problem. Too much guards. Parker, Ginobili, Green, Mills, Neal, De Colo, Joseph. At least one should move to the D-League, and that's Joseph imho. Then there is the three spot. Leonard & Jackson is not enough.
And move Powell and Joseph to the D-League.
The only problem is will curry agree on a low vet minimum salary? According to hoopsworld there are teams that is interested w/ curry to mention they' are big markets.
curry gets kept. there isn't much of a competition in my eyes. curry can do everything powell and brown can do at 7 foot tall. they brought in curry for a reason. if he commits to the system and to what pop tells him, he makes the roster, regardless of how the rest of the preseason goes. the upside and the fit is just too good to pass up if he buys in, which it looks like he has.
@rtesoro440 Yes, I remember When the bobcats faced the miami Brown is doing well defensively towards James but James is a different story. We still need to trust Kawhi to defend Durant also. he's the main concern in the western conference.
I have a nasty feeling that this post will draw an adverse comment from spursfan 66. Presently, the Spurs have a number of guards some of whom will not be used. They are in dire need of a "big". Deciding to retain one of Powell and Curry will not come easy. Powell has 2 championship rings with the Lakers, a proven commodity and Curry is on a comeback trail which could be his last. He has a point to prove. Both would improve the ceiling of the team and somebody could help in the interior. It would have been easier if they have 2 or 3 available slots. Is dropping Bonner or Blair an impossibility? It would appear that its easier to let go of Blair who has a non-guaranteed contract. Is assigning one of the guards in the d-league not possible and pick Brown as well? Under this scenario, the team will have 3 slots if they fill up 15. Then maybe signing Powell, Curry and Brown would appear feasible.
@rtesoro440 LMAO..you don't even understand that sending one of our guards to toros does NOT open a roster spot? And you actually tell me that I am dreaming..TOO funny. Maybe if you read a bit about the NBA and rules etc, you might not constantly make a fool of yourself on Spurs sites.
The only thing that I'm concerned is Can curry Contribute in the playoffs. Its been a while since he played in the playoffs I wonder how can he compete w/ Ibaka and Dwight.
Hopefully by the time the playoff comes around if the Spurs make it, Curry, Powell and Brown have earned their their spurs. Curry and Powell have the height to play c/pf which the Spurs sorely need. And, Brown has the right body and height to go head to head with guys like Lebron
Hmm Make sense I think if you would put Curry and Blair on the floor as reserves they could produce some nasty along side with Brown De colo and Neal
in my world i think the spurs need BOTH a true center (not because i believe the spurs are necessarily small but because duncan needs nights off and splitter looks like hes getting injury prone) and a mobile forward/combo forward if that works out. people keep saying the spurs need size to compete with size around the league....what size around the league? besides the lakers, who has two 7 footers able to play together and both able to play back to the basket? ive heard people say well what about utah and memphis and gs that can throw out big line ups and do have two post players. well even if you did have a big line up, that means one of the bigs is kind of out of his element and is forced to play face up, something a combo forward like jackson or maybe a derrick brown could offset. and for the case of a gs that has a competent pf like lee and true center like bogut...isnt lee like 6'9-6'10? like every other pf in the league? so its not that size is an issue, its that we have splitter and duncan taking care of centers while our pfs are bonner and blair who cant guard...anyone. we've been convinced that the only solution is to get someone taller when in reality all we need is a guy who's a pf that can GUARD other pfs. powell isnt "small" for what we're asking from him. we need a competent pf to come in and play D and occasionally help on offense by spreading the floor to about 16-18 feet, something both brown and powell can do. so my solution? get rid of bonner, he has no more upside and we know exactly what he is, and sign curry and either brown or powell. i dont care how you get rid of bonner but i say try to trade him to a team with cap space so we don't have to take anyone back OR do this trade that would make me extremely happy and you dont have to choose between powell or brown (http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=9v2u3mk). but we do need a 3rd pf that can guard the pick and roll effectively more than a center IMO. splitter and duncan have center on lock, but bonner cant play D, blair is still a mystery, and i like what diaw brought last year but im not completely sold that he can keep that up for an entire season
I think both guys can contribute a lot. I know it's absolutely not going to happen, but I think the Spurs should trade a Bonner, Mills, Jackson package for a quality big (ie Okafor), and sign Curry, Derrick Brown, and de Colo.
@spurs123 i hope youre using the term "quality" very loosely when mentioning okafor. also he was traded in the off season, i dont think he can be traded until december or january because of it. mills cant be traded until december 15th, but the spurs would only need jackson and bonner to match salary for okafor. but why would the wiz make that trade? they dont need bonner (does anyone?) and jackson isnt going to play for the wiz just like he didnt for the bobcats or bucks. not to mention the way jack played in the playoffs for us, he isnt going anywhere UNLESS a HUGE trade for someone better then okafor pops up.
@JohnAbney As much as I like Jackson, the Spurs most certainly do not get the level of play that we pay him to produce at. Okafor is a very quality big and would be a huge defensive stopper for the Spurs. Also that was just an example of a big we could try to pursue. Also the whole "Jackson didn't try thing in Charlotte" is a blatant lie. They reached the playoffs with him and he carried a very mediocre team.
@spurs123 De Colo already signed a guaranteed contract.