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I agree w 66 on PM. Here are my thoughts on the pg situation: 1) I think PM has much better upside than Joseph. Not a fan of Joseph. I think his upside is limited and he's just about reached his ceiling. PM is a leader, is exceptionally quick and can (when hot) rain down buckets. Parker was not a solid defender at all when he came. Defense can be taught and I think PM applies pressure just fine right now. That said-I don't know if he gets the chance this season. 2) The two positions, for the most part, we kept hearing the Spurs look at in terms of bringing in a veteran or another guy to compete were pg and someone at 4/5. I don't think Pop trusts ANY of the reserves at this point to deliver in the playoffs so he can rest Tony (a must now because of the mileage on Tony's legs). I think the reason we have 5,000 guys on the roster who can play the point is so both issues (another big and a more reliable backup pg) can be found via trade. Nothing blockbuster-just reliable guys because Pop has to rest Tony and Tim throughout the regular season this year and right now at the 4/5 position you have a proven Boris and 2 guys with great upside (Baynes and Pendergraph) but are unproven. Bonner is what he is-and my theory is that during the playoffs, especially in Miami series, Diaw showed he can be a good defender and pressure doesn't bother him and he can hit the long jumper or the 3.He can do in the playoffs what Bonner is supposed to do, but can't because he fades under pressure. SO......my theory: Joseph (because he played in the playoffs and in the Finals) and Bonner could be used to get a more proven 4/5 via trade. That leaves only the need to find a vet backup point. The Spurs moved Nando off the ball and played him at the 2 in summer league. Already have 3 guys ahead of him at that spot as well. So perhaps trading Nando and a draft pick for an older, established pg would be the next move. I think the Miami series revealed the need for a reliable backup pg and another big who could produce. Basically it was Boris and Tim who showed up. Tiago melted down. Now maybe Pendergraph or Baynes really grows this year and becomes that 4th guy in the big rotation that Pop trusts in the playoffs. They'll get plenty of opportunities to grow during regular season because right now their main service is to provide minutes so TD can rest and be ready for playoffs. Still have a problem at pg however. And back to my first point: I don't think Joseph is going to ever be much better than he is now. PM has better upside but I don't see him being ready to play in the Finals with all those minutes should the Spurs get back-so the need for a proven, albeit unspectacular but reliable vet is all the more important. I just think there will be a little more tinkering (while maintaining the main core). That's my take. Apologize for long post. Been thinking about this since the Finals and seeing the much higher than normal number of rumors associated with the Spurs being interested in a guy and it seemed 95% of them were either pg or 4/5's. I think there is a reason for that.
Defense is a concern with Patty, but I also wonder about his eye-sight. He just doesn't seem to put the ball in the basket enough, percentage-wise. He is a volumn shooter, but doesn't always take great shots, and just isn't as accurate as say Gary Neal. I see him as a SG in a PG's body, and it doesn't always work out.
Give this guy chance to prove himself...i dont know why coach pop always relying on old combinations, why we dont give a chance to a newand young players....
@rolandaizon I somewhat agree except there have been guys like KL and Hill and even DJB that did get mins right away so saying always is a bit much imo. Obviously Pop likes continuity when it's working and I agree with that practice in most cases. I guess the main knock on PM from what Ive read and heard is that his D is poor and I just don't see "poor" D from PM. He actually applies solid pressure thanks to his speed and much of the time he's right in his guys mug. That said I do think certain tall PGs can take advantage of his small stature if they have good handles as well.