The 2012-13 NBA season is winding down to a close, and likely with it, so is DeJuan Blair's tenure with the San Antonio Spurs. Nearly four years into his NBA career, Blair's time in San Antonio can be summed up partly by a few blips of tantalizing production, but mostly by unfulfilled promise that have left both player and franchise equally disappointed.
A free agent this offseason, Blair will likely end his Spurs career in favor of a team that can offer a more consistent role in line with talents that are far too competent to be relegated to the end of a bench.
Barring medical issues, it would appear a safe bet that the best of DeJuan Blair's NBA career will not be with the team that drafted him. But does that make his time with the San Antonio Spurs a complete bust?
Drafted with the seventh pick in the second round by the Spurs, Blair was immediately viewed as another steal by the savvy Spurs front office. A projected late lottery pick, Blair's draft value plummeted due to concerns about his knees (he has no ACL's) and lack of height.
Though those medical issues have yet to surface, the concerns about his physical limitations have proven to be very real. Knowing what we know now, Blair's actual draft value should have fallen somewhere between his projected value (a late lottery pick) and where he was actually drafted, which would still leave him a steal.
And yet, it's hard to consider him as such given the high expectations imposed upon him after some extraordinary performances early on, most notably a 28-point, 21-rebound performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder his rookie season and where he has ended up this season.