You know how I think this plays out? Makes most sense and provides Spurs most leverage. Obviously they don't need 54 guys who can play the 2/3 and 200 who play the point on the roster. I think their 3 biggest needs: Solid backup for Kawhi, VET pg who can be trusted to deliver deep in the playoffs, and VET big man who can be trusted to grab boards and bang (deliver) deep in the playoffs. There is also with the latter 2 needs the need for redundancy in the case of an injury to TD or TP. There is too much unproven youth behind TP and TD.
The Kawhi situation will be addressed in training camp and pre-season. Someone emerges.
Here's how I think the Spurs address the other two very real needs:
1) They watch the waiver wire. Every year some solid vet (solid, not spectacular) gets cut for salary cap reasons or because team is 'rebuilding' or whatever. There WILL be some pg and or some 4/5 who gets the axe and is suddenly unemployed.
2) If the Spurs think one of the many who will be unemployed after pre-season is over are "Spurs guys"-they go hard after that guy.
3) That frees them up to package some of the excess we have at the 1/2 and 2/3 in trade offers to another team to get one solid (not spectacular) vet were salary cap #'s match up.
That's my theory-and makes sense to me. What say you?
I think the main reason CJ got the call over PM was purely defense. PM is scrappy but too often had lapses on D. His short stature also hampers him on D. He also doesnt help himself when he does things like jacking up a 3 very early in the shot clock. I doubt Pop likes seeing that. I think CJ gets the nod again, and I think he will show more growth again this season.
#'s don't tell the whole story. For example: I believe Matt Bonner has a higher 3 pt fg percentage (career) than Robert Horry. That said: "Who do you want taking the last shot in the playoffs?"
I do agree, however, that I would put Mills ahead of Joseph, but not for the numbers you mentioned-I think Mills is just a better leader. He led his national team and he is much more potent offensively. Joseph did play in the Finals and was the definition of 'unimpressive.' He played fairly well in summer league against summer league competition, but his turnovers were troublesome as were the many times he took shots in traffic and didn't hit the wide open man when defenses collapsed on him.
Joseph is a poster boy for 'should have stayed in college at least one more year.'
I hope Mills gets a good hard look because he has intangibles that really can't be quantified numerically that Joseph just doesn't possess.
Cojo has much more upside. I like MIills, but he can not run the offense, or defend. Cojo can do both. In fact I would put him a little higher than 11th. Go Spurs!