Sports Illustrated released their "Fortunate 50" list of the 50 top-earning athletes in all of sports.
The top-earning NBA player was Miami Heat's LeBron James at a net worth of $44,500,000.00 but San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan made the list at number 24:
Duncan has a $21.3 million player option for next season, the final year of his contract. The other members of the Spurs' Big Three, Manu Ginóbili and Tony Parker, received extensions in 2010.
Duncan's breakdown is as follows:
$18,835,381.00 in salary/winnings, $3,500,000.00 in endorsements for a grand total of $22,335,381.00.
Doesn't this just bring warm feeling to you to know playing a game for a living pays off?
Now excuse me while I go back to toil in my office hoping to make ends meet. Seems my high-school guidance counselor was way off and her career assessment for me.
Sports Illustrated released their "Fortunate 50" list of the 50 top-earning athletes in all of sports.
As evidenced by their early 2011 playoff exit, the San Antonio Spurs have a hole to fill inside the paint on the rebounding and defensive end. With Antonio McDyess set to retire, the likes of the sandwich-blogging 6'10 red head - Matt Bonner - and 6'8" Beast from the East - DeJuan Blair - are not considered strengths for defense and rebounding. Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter will need help in the paint next season, so how about bringing in another 6'11" Brazilian?
According to NBCSports.com, Anderson Varejao is available for the right trade. NBC received the news from an ESPN writer's tweet.
2 players you can talk to Cavs about now:Ramon Sessions & JJ Hickson. Andy Varejao not available for just a draft pick.
Kurt Helin of NBC Sports goes onto discuss the financial implications that can be associated with unloading Varejao.
If they really are willing to move Anderson Varejao there may be interest from contenders, he is a guy who can come in and do the dirty work for them. But with Varejao having at least three more years and $27 million owed him (he can be bought out of the last year of his deal) teams will want to see the new Collective Bargaining Agreement before taking on that salary.
It's odd that the Spurs have a similar player on roster who is set to make 30.6 million over the next three seasons, Richard Jefferson. The trade could be possible if both teams are willing to work out a way to make the trade happen.
Brazil national team coach Ruben Magnano named a roster of 20 players who will play at two tournaments for the Brazil selection committee before the roster is trimmed down to 12 players for the pre-Olympic tournament in Argentina.
Magnano, who was formerly the coach of the Argentina National Team, named several NBA players to his roster, including San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter.
Splitter will join Toronto's Leandro Barbosa, Cleveland's Anderson Varejao and Denver's Nene. Several longtime Brazil team members, Marcelinho Huertas, former Spurs guard Alex Garcia and Marcelino Machado will also be competing for the final 12 spots.
The pre-Olympic tournament will be in Mar del Plata, Argentina from August 30 to September 11.
San Antonio Spurs forward Danny Green is an interesting player to observe in devising methods where he can improve. He was drafted with the 46th pick of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. After spending one season with the Cavaliers, he spent some time in the D-League with the Reno Bighorns and Austin Toros. He only played in eight games with the Spurs, but was able to make the playoff roster and was even awarded by default, a small amount of playing time in the playoffs.
When dissecting Green, the first place you look at, is in his D-League history. Green played stellar in his D-League games and the Spurs were lucky to nab him before another team signed him.
Here are his numbers from his time with the Bighorns and Toros. Pay attention to his defensive statistics particularly.
Big Horns: 17 games played, 37 mpg, 20 ppg, 7.5 rbd, 2.5 ast, 1.35 stl, 1 blk, 45% FG, 44% 3PT.
Toros: 1 game played, 32 mpg, 19 ppg, 7 rbd, 2 ast, 1 stl, 1blk, 50% FG, 50% 3PT.
You can see that in his 18 D-League games, Green was a scoring machine and consistently shot the ball at a high percentage. His defensive stats are very telling of who he can be on the defensive end.
When he played with the Spurs, he continued to shoot the ball very well; and even though he played in situations where the “big three” didn’t play much or at all, his numbers are very telling of the player that he could become. His PER average (+13.2) provides a good sign, that he is productive in a positive way, when he does see floor time.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs will be interviewing Mexican big man Gustavo Ayon aka "The Titan" out of the ACB League playing with Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, according to his former coach Javier Ceniceros:
"I spoke with Gustavo and told me that this week will be interviews with Denver and San Antonio, hopefully I can close a bit early," said Ceniceros, UPAEP coach and who is considered the mentor of Ayon.
“Hablé con Gustavo y me dijo que esta semana estará en entrevistas con Denver y San Antonio, ojalá pueda cerrar algo pronto”, declaró Ceniceros, coach de la UPAEP y quien es considerado el mentor de Ayón.
Ayon spent time playing in Spain as was given the 2011 "Rising Star Award" by fellow players, ACB coaches and fans.
The 6'10", 26 year-old center/forward averaged 10.8 points, shot 66% from the field, 60% from the free throw line, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 22.1 minutes for Fuenlabrada last season. He has a three-year contract with his current team with an option for a fourth year but should the NBA come calling he will speak with his team.
Furthermore, the Spurs have expressed interest in Ayon in the past.
Well Spurs fans, he is a big man, something the Spurs desperately need, but do you feel Ayon could fill the Spurs' need?
With a few more days left leading up to the 2011 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs are busy working out players. This time, the Spurs will take a look at point guard Corey Fisher out of Villanova:
There’s no time to chat on what the point guard called his “business trip,” with workouts in New York, New Jersey, Indianapolis, Denver, Cleveland and Portland before Philly and Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Sacramento and Toronto after Thursday.
“It’s been a grind, flying from city to city, team to team,” Fisher said. “That’s what it takes to be an NBA player.”
Fisher is 5'11", 185 lbs. and averaged 15.6 points, shot 41% from the field, 32% from the three-point line, 2.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.5 steals in 33.4 in his senior year.
In terms of attacking the basket, Fisher shows a nice first step with the ball and a very good top speed, something that is best on display in transition. In the halfcourt he has problems finishing at the rim, though he makes up for it by drawing contact well to get to the line and by relying heavily on a developing mid-range game, frequently going to runners and floaters in the lane. His accuracy needs to improve on these shots, but it's good he's adapting to that style of play now, as it will be necessary for him to have in his arsenal to make it in the NBA.
Since the Dallas Mavericks won their first championship recently, there's been plenty of talk about the Mavericks no longer being the red-headed stepchild of Texas pro Sports or the little brother to the San Antonio Spurs.
But is one championship enough to put the Mavs up there in the same company with the Spurs and their four championships, the Rockets' two championships and the Dallas Cowboys when discussing Texas' successful professional sports franchises.
According to a USA Today poll, while the majority of votes went to the Cowboys for the title of Texas' king of pro sports, the Mavericks (24 percent) actually have a lead in the voting over the Spurs (10 percent).
The Dallas Mavericks flew home yesterday, bringing a pro league championship trophy back to Texas. The Lone Star State hasn't had many of those in recent years.
The San Antonio Spurs have won three NBA titles in the past decade, but the Rangers came up short in their first trip to the World Series last year. The Dallas Cowboys haven't won a Super Bowl since the 1995 season. The Houston Astros and Houston Texans have never claimed championships in their leagues, and the Houston Rockets' last title came in 1995. The Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup, but that was back in 1999.
While I congratulate the Mavericks on their championship, I'm not so sure recent success is enough to consider them over the consistently successful Spurs or even the Rockets.
As my Spurscast co-host, Jeff Garcia, said in our last episode, "Welcome to the club. We're glad you're finally here, but you don't have access to the VIP area just yet."
What are your thoughts on the poll? Should the Mavs get so much consideration because of recent success or does Texas still belong to the Spurs? Let us know in the comments.
TucsonCitizen.com put a list together debating who the number one University of Arizona graduate was that had the best NBA career. The list featured graduates such as newly crowned champion Jason Terry, former scoring machine Gilbert Arenas and a pair of former Spurs, now broadcasters, Sean Elliot and Steve Kerr.
The case for Kerr:
By virtue of Kerr’s five championship rings — three with the Chicago Bulls and two with the San Antonio Spurs — all the former Wildcats probably would trade their careers for Kerr’s. But that’s not quite the same thing as having the best career.
The case for Elliot:
Then there’s Sean Elliott — 12 seasons, a 14.2-point scoring average, the 1999 championship with the San Antonio Spurs … and a forever-highlight: The Memorial Day Miracle, as he nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to beat Portland in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
The writer (Anthony Gimino) ended up picking Jason Terry as the his number one pick. Gimino picked Terry because of all the players listed, Terry has been the second to third option for several years with the teams he has been on and has never scored less than 15.5 points per game in a season. With Terry now an NBA champion, he can now join the elite ranks of Kerr and Elliot.
Those that failed to make the list were Mike Bibby, Spurs' Richard Jefferson, and former Spurs guard Damon Stoudamire.
Richard Jefferson has played 10 seasons, averaging 16.4 points, although his two seasons with the Spurs haven’t been as productive offensively. There is still time for him, like there was for Terry, to get that NBA title on the back end of his career.
All you Spurs and Wildcat fans, who do you think is the best NBA player out of the "U of A?"
After a week off, Jeff and I are back with the latest episode of the Spurscast. On this week's episode, we talked about the Dallas Mavericks winning the NBA championship and if that win moves the Mavs ahead of the San Antonio Spurs in Texas and in the NBA.
We also talked about what the Mavs' new found success means for next season and if the Spurs are that far behind the NBA champions.
During the second half of the show, we discuss the latest news, including several players coming through San Antonio in free agent mini-camps and draft workouts. We decided to hold off on most draft talk, since we will be releasing our draft preview podcast next week.
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Former San Antonio Spurs player Ian Mahinmi won his first NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks making him the third French player to win a title behind Spurs' Tony Parker who has three.
Now that Mahinmi has a title under his belt, Parker, who Mahinmi considered a big brother while in San Antonio, contacted him to extend his congratulations:
"This is a great pride. Especially after having met in San Antonio. [He] was a big brother to me when I was at Spurs, he was very [kind] to me. When we won the title, he sent me a message to congratulate me and it really warms the heart.Being second or third French with Rodrigue (Beaubois: the other French of Dallas did not participate in the final) to lift the trophy is really an honor."
Classy move by Parker.
Sure Spurs fans may be annoyed Dallas finally won a title but perhaps those Spurs fans should take a page out of Parker's book and congratulate Dallas.
Oh and when Mahinmi was asked how he is different from his rookie season with the Spurs to today, Mahinmi says the difference is huge:
"The difference is huge. I am no longer the same player. I have the age, weight, experience. I evolved as a player. In one year, if we have the same conversation, I am no longer the same. At basketball, I changed. But as a man I stay the same."
Congratulations Dallas and Ian! Enjoy it.