With the San Antonio Spurs' training camp inching closer, so does the roster as more players get invited to prove they have what it takes to make the squad.
And getting an invite to training camp is forward Wesley Witherspoon.
JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH MY AGENT SAN ANTONIO IT IS FOR TRAINING CAMP IM EXCITED— Wesley Witherspoon (@Spooooooon11) September 25, 2012
Witherspoon is a 6'9", 212 lbs., small forward and attended Memphis. Last season at Memphis, he averaged 7.2 points, shot 44% from the field, 36.5% from the three-point line, grabbed 3.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 22 minutes per game.
Once again, Witherspoon isn't the big man the team needs. Though he is a forward, he could be training camp fodder to throw at players the team will likely have on the roster. Not only, that he could be sent to the Toros should he impress the coaching staff.
Also getting a look by San Antonio was point guard Diante Garrett.
Want to thanks the San Antonio Spurs for having me out here..— Diante Garrett (@kingarrett10) September 25, 2012
Garrett is a 6'5", 181 lbs. and played his college basketball at Iowa State. He had a couple of stints overseas playing in the French and Adriatic leagues in 2011-12 with his best season being in France averaging 7.4 points, averaged 55.6% from the field, 2.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in 25 games.
Considering the Spurs are stacked at the point guard spot, Garrett won't get a spot on the roster. Moreover, he would just be buried on the bench or sent to Austin.
Overall, these two players would not make the final team roster. Witherspoon will be used to throw a big man at the team's current frontline but i can't see him making the team let alone being a contributor next season.
What do you think Spurs fans? Chime in!
Can the spurs bring a international player, a legit 7 ft with great defensive skil set to training camp?
Were flooded with SF and PF that are undersize, timmy is not that old but a half step slower now.. Thiago will be a revelation in defense if this training camp he will be taught how to play D in the NBA. Bonner msut be gone, keep Blair he's aggressive enough to have his spot.
by now you should know that Bonner is only there to get you to the playoffs...that's it...this is his role and please don't ask him more than he could ever do.
Maybe they are searching for another Gary Neal... but even they find that gem they are not contending the championship. They need real talent and star power to win crucial games. That's not replaceable even you find 10 Gary Neal in a row. The Spurs now need an all-star, or even a borderline all-star. TD is way better than any NBA player playing at this level at 36, but he's still not 26, same goes with Manu. TP is proved he cannot be the NO.1 option, in fact, rarely players could. The Spurs need a major trade, probably need to break their big 3.
I think it is obvious that the spurs want to defend the PnR and SF position (kobe, durant or lebron)...a true center or a long PF wouldn't do that effectively
@TayLeFrench thank you!!! idk how many times ive commented on articles saying the spurs are probably looking for a versatile combo forward who has the lateral quickness and range to play the 3 but the size and strength to play the 4 also. i thought thats the type of player they were gona draft last year and when they got kawhi it looked like thats what they had gotten but in all honesty kawhi is a swingman with an extremely good rebounding ability. they need a combo forward who can slide down the 3 and 4 position and thats what theyre probably gona try and find. someone who was either a large 3 in college, or a stretch 4 that every other team has tried making a 3. in all honesty everyone says guys like derrick williams and michael beasley are busts but if they were used right they could be pretty damn good
@TayLeFrench I wonder if Robert Horry is still in shape? :-)