As a camp hopeful, getting invited to an NBA training camp is one thing but the goal is to survive, making a huge impression on the coaching staff, survive the cuts, and be the last one standing. So far, that is exactly what is happening for San Antonio Spurs guard Wesley Witherspoon as he and Josh Powell are the last two players standing for the final roster spot.
And with the regular season right around the corner, Witherspoon is crossing his fingers he will be wearing black and silver for 82-games.
"Hopefully, God-willing, I'll be a Spur this year," Witherspoon said. "It's been a blessing being able to practice with those guys - Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Stephen Jackson. They're an older team. They understand the game and it would be a great place for me to start my career."
It will be tough for him to make the squad considering the team is loaded with guards. Even if he does make the roster, he'd more than likely would be riding the bench. Moreover, with the team needing size, Powell might have the inside track.
But Witherspoon shouldn't fret. San Antonio more than likely send him to the Toros to develop his game and fill in throughout the season if one of the guards succumbs to injury. However, after a stellar showing in the preseason versus the Rockets, (scored 17 points to lead the team) and averaging 8.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, and shooting 64% from the field in 15.7 minutes per game, he may see his hopes become reality.
What do you have to say Spurs fans? Should Wesley get the final spot or should Powell?
As we all know by now the spurs have waived Powell, Brown, Curry, and Witherspoon! Any one of them would have been an uprade over Matt defensively but this frachise seemingly is oblivious to the reality that they actually needed to improve their frontline to advance in the playoffs. This team could have made the playoffs without adding anyone else, even if they had cut Matt! So its no big deal that they will make the playoffs.
I am absolutely appalled at the sheer stupidity of the decisions to 1) Cut Curry (this decision alone would have qualified as disastros enough), 2) and then to cut powell and witherspoon when you could have kept one or both if you were just willing to do what needed to be done with two players who are not going to have a critical impact on this teams ability to advance in the playoffs.
Cory is a good young player but why in hell do we need three pure point guards (on top of three other guys who can play both guard spots) more than we need frontcourt toughness and athleticism?
This has been an unbelievable off-season for me to take! To watch them bring in guys who show the ability to actually upgrade the frontcourt at both th four and (more importently), the five and then to watch Pop and this front office just ignore what these guys showed and just choose to stand pat as if these guys showed nothing?
It's as if it really never mattered what what these guys did on the floor. Apparently their minds were already made up before camp even started. I am guessing that these decisions have more to do with finances than with actual basketball on the floor.
If so, then that explains it. But it does not excuse it!
And let me reiterate, the cutting of Curry was a TERRIBLE MISTAKE!!!!!!
Witherspoon and Powell both stand 6'9". They must be dreaming. If they are 6'3" - 6'5", they may stand a chance of making the line-up. The Spurs have now 8 guards and soon everybody will be standing 6'3' - 6'5". Hurrah!
i think powell should get the last spot, but with a logjam at point, they could send a pg to the toros and keep him as a viable sf option or small ball 4 (yeah hes pretty skinny for that but he has the height and length could maybe learn from jack on how to play small ball 4 effectively without being bulky) kawhi is still learning the ropes but with the spurs hoping that he becomes a viable ball handler option, they need a catch and shoot guy. kawhi might start developing as more of a 2 and jackson is the only other sf so maybe send down one of our many pgs to the toros and keep this kid. it would also help in keeping manu and green from having to play the 3 (they can do it, but i think its best if they stick to playing 2 and occasionally defending points)