ive always wondered why coach pop ever since his 2nd yr has put blair on the bench?? can someone just explain the situation to me... personally... blair is an average player with not many skills offensively ... but the guy isn't a scrub either
ok nvm... I just looked up his minutes from 2012 and 2011... he averaged 21 a game... but.. this yr hes only getting 13
Coach Pop has one of the most screwed up, brilliant, confusing, genius line up rotations I have ever seen. He will sit a player like Blair for weeks and then all of a sudden play him 20 a game for weeks. I think (because I don't know enough about bball to even be Popovich's water boy) that he does this so that his bench players and energy guys can be even more effective on the court because they are well rested (which he can only do because SA is so deep.
It could be a strategy that by limiting minutes of Blair and Splitter that they could afford to keep those players at a cheaper price? Honestly I think Blair can start for some teams and be a rebounding force much like Kenneth Faried.
He can put up good stats but it's hard to play him in the playoffs considering he's 6'6 which hurts their defense...Boris Diaw is more versatile with his passing and shooting while Splitter has good size and defense...that makes Blair the 4th big in the rotation, limiting his minutes.
Seeing as he'll barely play in the playoffs, doesn't make sense to make him a big factor in the regular season.
My 2 cents is that Popovich wants to play the player who best fits his systems. This season, he has Boris Diaw who took the role Blair had the previous seasons. It seems that Diaw is more suitable to play along with Duncan or Splitter as he shoots less and he his a better passer.
I don't think it has anything to do with Blair's talent because the guy can really play, there is no doubt about it. With the Spurs, it's the player adapts to the (winning) team, if the player can't do good for the team, he won't play (if there is someone else ready to play).
He doesn't block shots. For a rebounding specialist, he doesn't rebound too much. He's limited offensively....
Could it be that he's just not as good as we think he is?