Fizer's Take: San Antonio Spurs
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....snorkkkkk....ZzzzzZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZzzz...krrkkkk..zzzzzzZzzzzzzzzZ... Oh..welcome to another edition of my take on teams for this coming 2009-10 season... Well..(yawn..) I've been very sleepy and now, my take would be on the Spurs (yawn!)... Well, for starters, the Spurs still have their old familiar names like Timmy, Tony, Manu, Mike Finley, Oberto, and others... They did have 2 solid acquisitions in journeyman Roger Mason and rookie George Hill... It was a season that supposedly will allow the Spurs to win their 5 title... Why so? Well, they did win in 2003, 2005, and 2007 which is pretty superstitious and so, it's destiny that 2009 will be another reign for them, right? Hmmm.. Not quite when you realize that the Spurs started with an 0-4 record... Then you have Manu limping through pain throughout the year... Then you have Tony Parker missing some games too... As a result, the Spurs seemed lost going into the season... They did find a gem in Roger Mason and George Hill who have been very reliable off the bench... Still, when you got Tim Duncan as your main guy plus Tony Parker and guys like Bruce Bowen and Finley being a supporting cast, the Spurs will be in a thick of a fight coming into the playoffs... Not to mention the signing of veteran journeyguy, Drew Gooden who could fill in the void left by Manu in terms of scoring. They did finish the season with an impressive 54-28 record but everyone knows that they got a lot of roadblocks standing their way... One would be the Manu Ginobili injury...he will miss the rest of the season after aggravating his injury by playing through pain... The next would be a determined Dirk and the Dallas Mavericks whom they faced in the first round. The Mavs never gave them an edge in the series as they beat the Spurs 4-1 in the supposed seven-game battle. It ended the every-other-year reign the Spurs had in the last decade.
The Draft wasn't spectacular for the Spurs early in the night as they have to wait 2-3 hours before the clock is on their side since they don't have a first round pick. They did however, waited patiently at #37. Their patience were heavily rewarded as they picked up a first round caliber player in DeJuan Blair at 37. Blair was almost a guaranteed first rounder but concerns about his knees were a factor to the drop. It's almost unfair really for the NBA to have the Spurs, having no 1st round picks, but still end up having the most impressive acquisition. Blair is an extremely undersized PF with a 6'6 body frame but still have the muscle (and fats) to contribute and help Fundamental off the boards. Should Blair remain healthy, we will be looking at the biggest steal in the 2009 NBA Draft. He is also the reason why I am upbeat for the Spurs this year as you all know how bored I am with their structure. But with Blair around, they give me a reason to watch their team a whole lot this year. Another second round acquisition was 51st pick Jack McClinton who is so much alike with Eddie House... Eddie House 2.0 or Eddie House Clone is a nice pick up for the Spurs who need shooters coming off the bench. Nando de Colo is also a nice pick up at 53 and should provide quality PT if he comes to the states. Well, the Spurs found gold in the mines and I don't think that their team is going to the season with less expectations anymore. Not to mention the offseason acquisition especially at Draft Night had for them...
Richard Jefferson was a player that needed a valuable make-over after a so-so year at Milwaukee. The Spurs wasted no time in getting an All-Star caliber forward whom they traded for a bunch of old and expiring contracts (Bruce Bowen, Fabricio Oberto and Kurt Thomas)... They are going to make RJ "relevant" again. Then the Spurs didn't stop there... They also made huge signings by having in Antonio McDyess at free agency pool. McDyess, whose hungry for a title, could be a capable back-up when he spells Tim off the floor. Other players they acquired were Theo Ratliff and Keith Bogans, who could very well replace Bruce Bowen on the defensive end... With the Spurs already aging, how long could they keep up with the young guns of the west? Can Tim Duncan savor one last championship? Can Manu rebound from an injury-marred season last 2009? We'll wait and see 'cause I am not sleeping on this team this year.
NBA Draft Grade: A
NBA Offseason Grade: A
Predicted W-L: 59-23
This is just a writer's opinion... Anyone care to comment, I am open for it^^