After seeing the San Antonio Spurs top free agent targets sign with other teams, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford are still left with an empty roster spot that they can use to improve the team however they see fit. With the buyout market seemingly dwindling by the day, it's time to look the remaining buyout candidates, and how they would fit in a silver and black uniform.
Metta World Peace, forward
2013-14 averages: 13.4 minutes, 4.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 39.7 FG%
Advanced: 11.7 PER, 94 OffRtg, 107 DefRtg, 0.2 WS, .027 WS/48
The artist formerly known as Ron Artest has yet to find a new home after being bought out by the Knicks, and his options are becoming bleak. The 34-year-old forward has been hampered by injuries this year, but is still a massive body on the floor who could manage to help any contender. Sadly, the only "contender" knocking at his door are the Detroit Pistons, who are 3 games out of the 8th seed in the East.
The book on World Peace is simple; He doesn't shoot well, and he isn't mobile enough to be the defender he once was. But in a limited role off the bench, he could still be a good presence.no comments
1. Vs. Wizards - 125-118 - February 5
Fast forward to 1:30 left in regulation. Pop draws up another mastermind play and Mills delivers a beauty from down under to cut the Wizards’ lead to 2 points. After the Spurs got the stop, Mills found Duncan as he was falling to the ground, and Duncan hit a wonderful floater to tie it up at 99. Great defense by Green on Wall, got the Spurs the ball back and Belinelli and Mills just missed shots that would have won the game.
OVERTIME 1; Huge baskets by Mills, Green, Duncan, and Belinelli should have won the game for the Spurs, but critical turnovers and some defensive breakdowns for layups, including a steal and last second layup for Wall, sent the game into double OT. Two possessions sandwiched between clutch Patty Mills free throws put the Spurs in the driver's seat again. Belinelli hit a running jumper, and with the shot clock running down, with just over a minute left and the Spurs up by 2 points, Diaw fired a pass from the baseline to Green in the corner, and Green delivered a dagger three-pointer to put the Spurs up by 5 points and gave them the win. Duncan had 31-11-5-3-2. Green (22), and Mills(23) both played very well and hit clutch shots right when the Spurs needed them.no comments
AT&T CENTER – “It felt good. I felt fresh,” said San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker in his first game back from injury, as he led the Spurs to a 112-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks with 22 points and seven assists in 32 minutes. Along with Parker, Tim Duncan chipped in 17 points and nine rebounds, Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds, Manu Ginobili came off the bench with 15 points and seven assists, Boris Diaw scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Tiago Splitter finished the six players in double-figures scoring mark with 11 points.
Against a Dallas squad that had come into the AT&T Center 7-3 in their last 10 games, the Spurs were able to build stable periodic leads of 10-11 points in the game, but turnovers were their largest obstacle in the first half. Dirk Nowitzki (22 points), Vince Carter (21 points), and Monta Ellis (17 points) led the Mavericks in scoring, but the entire Dallas team had trouble scoring for the first three quarters, as the Spurs held on for the win in the fourth. Here were a few story lines from the Spurs’ 43rd win of the season.
Parker excels in return from injuryno comments
We will be tracking Kawhi Leonard all season long here at Project Spurs.
You can expect a specially dedicated highlight reel following every game specifically for one of the most exciting players in Spurs history.
Stay tuned all season long to relive every dunk and moment that Kawhi makes on his way to becoming the next cornerstone of the Spurs franchise.
After the jump check out the Kawhi-Lights from last night against the Bobcats which resulted in a 92-82 win for the Spurs.
Ever wondered how basketball players pick their shoes throughout the season? Or if your favorite players are as big of sneakerheads as you think?
The guys over at Nice Kicks in Austin, Texas have started their Sole Access series, where they go inside professional and collegiate teams locker rooms (and in this case, also the practice facility) to see how the day-to-day operation goes for Spurs equipment manager and owner of quite possibily the greatest job in the world, Travis Wade.
Travis gives us an exclusive look on how he prepares for home games, road trips, practice, and gives a little background on each players individual shoes selection based on what jerseys (the Spurs have six) they're wearing.
Some fun facts from the video, which are probably only fun and interesting to me:
- Tim Duncan's Adidas are as boring and fundamentally sound as he is.
- Tony Parker's Peak shoes are surprisingly detailed for not being so flashy. And "Team Peak" as Travis calls them, makes sure to take care of their athletes. Probably why guys like former Spur George Hill and Shane Battier are making the switch to the Chinese sportswear company.
- Travis mentions that Manu likes a heavier shoe, because of how he stops on the court, he prefers the "durability" of his leather model. Yeah. Durability. It's worth noting that Ginobili has gone back to LeBron's signature shoe, wearing the XI's Graffiti's last night.
- Kawhi Leonard has like 2038502835095 pairs of Jordan's. Must be nice to be a Jordan Brand athlete.
- The Spurs practice facility is a sneaker mecca. When I die, bury me inside that locker room. Word to 2 Chainz.
Check out the video after the jump.no comments
In Gary Neal’s second return to the AT&T Center on Friday, his new team, the Charlotte Bobcats and their new defensive minded reputation put forth a gritty effort against Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs, as it took execution in the fourth quarter, for the Spurs to move past the Bobcats 92-82. Led by Duncan’s 17 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists, the Spurs were able to rebound from a 14-point deficit, as six players finished scoring in double-digits, and tightened up on their turnovers in the second half.
Here’s an analysis of some key components of the Spurs’ 42nd victory of the season, a win that cemented yet another winning season for the franchise.
Jefferson thrived in paint, but Duncan dominated overall
Al Jefferson finished as the Bobcats leading scorer with 20 points and seven rebounds. Though Jefferson shot 10-of-21 overall, he was efficient in the paint shooting 9-of-11, where he scored 18 of his 20 points. Jefferson, 29, is expected to be a dominant force each night in the paint as he’s the Bobcats’ primary offensive weapon. For Duncan, 37, he produced yet another performance that impacted all areas of the game, not just in the scoring department. Apart from scoring his 17 points on 50% shooting, in the process of grabbing his 16th rebound, Duncan made more history (via the Spurs’ PR department):no comments
The San Antonio Spurs (41-16) will host the Charlotte Bobcats (27-30) tonight at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs are coming off a 120-110 win over the Pistons. In his return, Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the Spurs to the win.
The Bobcats are coming off a 92-89 win over the Grizzlies. Kemba Walker scored 31 points in the win.
And as the Spurs look to get another home win, here are five things to watch for in tonight's contest:
The Bobcats are a perfect 8-0 this season when they shoot over .500 from the field.no comments
• Manu Ginobili and the curious case of the exploding shoe | YouTube
San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is nicknamed "El Contusion," but who knew he'd be harmful to the health of his Nike sneakers. Back-pedaling while guarding Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey during the first half of the Spurs' win over Detroit yesterday, Ginobili had something happen I can't say I've ever seen watching basketball. His shoe just gave on him. Ginobili's shoe exploded like a tire on a highway. Luckily, the Spurs' equipment manager had another shoe at the ready.
Apparently the blowup didn't seem to be too much of an issue as Ginobili finished the game with 16 points and nine assists off the bench. After seeing him swat a bat, and now the shoe snafu, I'm wondering what will come next.no comments
Former San Antonio Spurs great Larry Kenon will be receiving an honor that players eventually hope to achieve sometime down their line once their careers end, getting their number raised up into the rafters. For Kenon, he will forever see his #35 raised into the rafters at his former school, University of Memphis.
Kenon played one season at U of M in 1972-1973. Known back then as Memphis State, Kenon was on a team that went to the NCAA Championship before bowing out to John Wooden and Bill Walton of then powerhouse UCLA Bruins.
During that one season, Kenon but up great numbers. He averaged 20.7 points and 16.7 rebounds per game in 30 appearances. His mark was set while at Memphis. To this day he still holds the record for most rebounds in that season, 501.no comments