Coming into the 2010-11’ San Antonio Spurs season, I had no idea who in the world Gary Neal was.
I learned who he was in a pre-season game back in October. Then, with seven seconds remaining against the Los Angeles Clippers in Mexico City, Neal made a name for himself as he knocked down the game winning three pointer.
Over the course of the season I coined the nickname “Sniper” for Neal due to his clutch three point shooting and it was that clutch shooting, smart play, and steady contribution to the Spurs allowed Neal to be named a member of the 2011 NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Neal was the fifth leading scorer for the Spurs during the playoffs too. The Memphis Grizzlies also got to know who Neal was in game five of their first round series against the Spurs.
If Neal had this much success in his rookie season, who is to say he can't improve in his second year with the Spurs?
Let’s first go back and look at Neal’s season stats from this past season to begin.