Another week, another DeJuan Blair update, and another chance to take a shot at the San Antonio Spurs.
Now that the first couple of weeks of the 2013-14 NBA season are now in the books, players that are new to their respective teams, are starting to solidify their spots in the rotation and become more familiar with their new teammates and playbook. And that much is true for Blair.
Through eight games thus far, Blair is averaging 8.8 points and 7.9 rebounds in just under 21 minutes a contest, while shooting 56% from the floor. The rebounding and field goal percentage numbers are both on pace to be career bests for the 24-year-old Blair.
Via Rant Sports, Blair mentioned his goal is consistency, while taking a slight jab at the Spurs.
Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure… Everything everybody’s been saying is all fuel to what I’m doing right now and I’m just trying to be consistent.”
Blair also had a similar quote when he was drafted, vowing revenge on the 29 other teams that passed him up because of his lack of ACL's.
As if it wasn't hard enough to root for Blair with his never ending scorned attitude and the fact that he plays for arguably the Spurs biggest rival, but the countless mentions of how the Spurs undervalued him and didn't utilize him to his full potential are tiring.
Currently the Mavericks sit at 5-3, which is just good enough to round out the Western Conference playoff picture, but only time will tell where Blair can lead the Mavericks over the next 74 games.
San Antonio travels to Dallas on December 26th, while Blair's "homecoming" will be on January 8th.
So what do you think, Project Spurs readers? Did the Spurs undervalue Blair or do you think Jeff Ayers has been a better replacement?
If he just had chuck hayes kind of defense. Blair is a great hustler and hard worker, but his defense is not as good as he thinks.
The issue was never, "can Blair put up numbers given adequate playing time?" It was always an issue of floor spacing, defensive liabilities, and maturity. Sure Blair could get his, but you have to pair him with a big man with some range in order to have proper floor spacing and also hope that Blair's man couldn't post him up otherwise you were toast. That's not even to mention Blair's overall maturity or lack thereof. Whataburger exists in Dallas too you know...
" Everything everybody’s been saying is all fuel to what I’m doing right now"
No one is saying anything but him.....
Blair is a better finisher than ayers but unfortunately you cant teach size. Blair needs to learn how to keep the spurs out his mouth. Move on bro, only a fool trips on whats behind them. haha
Listen Blair is a great hustler and brings big time energy but c'mon. When he is THAT undersized you're never gonna do well against NBA contenders. Us with Tim and Tiago Rockets with Howard and Asik, Pacers Hibbert. And we saw it when he was with us he's a big ti me liability on defense when playing against big guys.
in time, these Mavericks will start dropping games and at some point Blair will do terrible when needed. you look at the teams they won against already (Hawks, Grizzlies, Lakers, Bucks, Wizards), those teams are ones that are not subjected as big playoff teams (the Grizzlies could get it together, but for right now they have struggled so far). we'll see how the Mavs do in the next 4 games which they are at Miami, at Orlando, vs Philadelphia, vs Houston. I can see them lose 3 of the 4. I can't see them winning against Heat in Miami that's certain; Orlando may be the one they could win for sure; 76ers are surprising the league and still doing it after winning against Rockets so they can lose even in their American Airlines Center home; and I see Rockets being tough against the Mavs as well (and Rockets already won the first match-up against them earlier).
@imagump13 Very good point, he is his favorite subject...