The San Antonio Spurs have played 47 games so far this season. DeJuan Blair has made an appearance in 34 of them. For those too lazy to do the math, that’s 13 games that Blair hasn’t even seen the floor.
It’s pretty clear that he’s one of the last guys on the bench and with the way Tiago Splitter has been playing and with the addition of Aron Baynes, you have to wonder if Blair’s time in San Antonio may be drawing to a close.
Blair is staying optimistic though. After logging 19 solid minutes against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday where he scored 22 points on 10-13 shooting, he sent out an uplifting tweet.
“Thanks for all the support I needed that game right there! I still got it dont let the DNP's fool u! Just waitin on that moment! #Gospursgo”
So Blair thinks he can still play, the question is whether or not his “moment” will be with the Spurs or another team.
As someone who’s never been a big Blair fan (I think he’s undersized and a little too slow), I think he’s going to have to accept the fact that he’s never going to be a big minute player with the Spurs. He can be an occasional “DNP” player on a championship caliber team or he can try and get some more minutes with someone else.
The Spurs probably wouldn’t care either way. If DeJuan wants out to prove he can be a true NBA player, I bet they’d have no problem letting him go. They’re currently the best record in the league and letting one of their last bench players see if the grass is greener somewhere else would be no big deal. It wouldn’t be hard to find another guy to fill Blair’s role.
I think he can play he's just a liability on defense sometimes due to his height and sometimes due to his lack of focus. He's slow on rotations but not because his foot speed I think he just gets lost sometimes and tries to do more then he should. I wouldn't mind if they keep him but I do think they need to move on before he becomes Malik Rose 2.0.
Blair can put up shots but he's no like Tim putting up constant high points every night. Blair would do good one night and the next night not as good. He's still a Spurs player, I would like to see more of him on the court since he's still on the team.
I haven't been the biggest Blair supporter but I am a fan, and I agree with most of what you had to say except your last sentence. What he did against the Mavs was very impressive and without Tim there Tiago needed help scoring on the low post and DeJuan brought that when we needed it. he still knows the system very well and proved to be a valuable asset. Yes, the spurs can afford to let him go but I think with as much as he knows about where to get his baskets, where and when to pass, and helping out on defense he is still worth something!