I don't see how the Spurs are old... Sure Duncan is 34.. BUT he has only played 36,897 minutes to this point. At 36,897.. Kareem Abdul Jabbar was still averaging 26pts, 10rebs, 3asts, 2blks a game. It's not age, it's the miles you've put into the motor. Greg Pop has always monitored Tim Ducan's minute situation for this reason and this reason only.
Now we look at Manu Ginobili, he has only played 16,801 minutes in the league. That's less than HALF of what Tim Duncan has played, it's no wonder he is still going hard at the age of 33.
Now the middle aged guys. Richard Jefferson is only 30 years old.. He is BARELY going to start going down hill but with his improved 3 pt shot (41% for the season) all he really needs to do is guard his man, and stick to the 3pt line. Most older players turn into 3pt specialists towards the end of their careers.
Tony Parker is only 28 years old. He is one of the best point guards in the league and easily in the conversation as a top 5 PG in the last decade. He still has a good 5 years left in him playing at a high level.
Now let's look at the rest of the roster. Guys who are playing KEY minutes are all young guns who know how to play the game of basketball and will stick around in the league for years.
George Hill is a guy with great basketball IQ that can play either guard position which is greatly appreciated by Gregg Pop because he can sit either Manu or TP whenever he feels like it. He's only 24, and playing a HUGE role on a championship team.
DeJuan Blair, (21) the ACL guy, the guy nobody wanted. The guy that completely BEASTED college basketball (did you guys see that rebound over Hasheem Thabeet when he completely flipped him?) DeJuan Blair was the steal of his respective draft class. 7Pts and 6rebs playing only 20mpg. Here's a guy that can pretty much player center or power forward because of Tim Duncan's and Antonio McDyess ability to play either position.
Enter Tiago Splitter, the 5th man in the big man rotation. Only 26 years old and is having a pretty good year. Here's another guy that can play either center or power forward. Thus helping out Blair, Duncan, and McDyess.
Now for Gary Neal. This guy can flat out play. He is a combo guard who can score in bunches and has actually carried the Spurs in a couple of games. Not just a spark off the bench, he can be plugged in for multiple minutes and produce.
Now, how have the Spurs standed for so long? You just read it. They have veterans who haven't even logged in THAT many minutes. Good middle aged guys who specialize in either passing (TP) or shooting (Jefferson). Throw in guys who can play either guard spot like Neal and Hill (for easy substitutions). Throw in guys who can play center or power forward like Blair, McDyess, Splitter(for easy substitutions). Sprinkle in 2 of the greatest players to play the game in Duncan and Ginobili. And you have yourself a team that can play ANY style (fast, slow, post up, spot up), use ANY type of lineup (small, big, spread floor) and you have yourself a hell of a team.
Oh.. by the way... they have one of the greatest coaches of all time.. Just sayin'.
What about Matt Bonner? He is the cog that keeps the wheel going!!!
LMFAO!! Damn. I forgot the MVP.. SMH
I thought this thread would help me understand my addiction to 40+ year old women
Good post anyway i guess...i have to go make ms. johnson her oatmeal now
pops is doing a fantastic job of limiting the big 3 minutes and with blair and neal really emererging this year its making it that much easier too keep tp manu and timmys minutes lower pops is one of the greastest coaches ever and hes showing it once again this year
Not so true, that way bench warmers could play forever. Ginobli had dealt with quite a number of injuries, which takes more out of you than simply plating minutes.
I hear what you're saying overall but that's a bit misleading when it comes to Ginobli. Sure he's played 16, 801 minutes in the league but he played proffesionally for 7 years before joining the Spurs in the NBA. Those minutes are sure to take a toll on his body as well as his style of play.
Well big man typically break down earlier, and Kareem was an excepetion to the rule as he managed to seemingly find a fountain of youth but other big men such as Ewing, Shaq, etc all began a major decline once they reached past 30. Maybe the fact that Ginobli's minutes are low is because he only came into the NBA into 2002 and already had played 7 years of international basketball which would age him
While Manu did play professionally for 7 years overseas. We know that the European game isn't as physical nor as long as NBA games.. So yeah has 16thou minutes in the L and maybe about 10thou in Euro
Duncan has said his body is breaking down though
Just reminding me of why I invested in Spurs tickets. I'm gonna be counting that cash when they (hopefully) play the Lakers in the WCF and the Celtics in the Finals!
It isn't about Tim Duncan's body. His leadership and coaching is something he uses rather than worrying about putting up numbers. And with the fresh legs of DeJuan Blair and Tiaggo Splitter, Duncan can sit on the bench more often than not while not hurting the Spurs chances of winning. Think about it this way, his body is barely breaking down at the age of 34-35. That's pretty good if you ask me. And just like Kobe, when their body begins to wear, their basketball IQ is so great, they can still help their team in other areas.