With the 20th pick, San Antonio tabs…James Anderson

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For the third year in a row the San Antonio Spurs bucked their own historical trend and combed college basketball for immediate help, forgoing their usual European draft and stash routine to nab Oklahoma State’s James Anderson.

Unlike George Hill, Anderson is a player everyone actually heard of before the Chicago pre-draft camp. From ESPN NBA draft guru Chad Ford:

The Spurs have to feel really lucky here. Anderson is a very solid player and a dynamic scorer who can shoot and get to the line. He reminds me of James Harden, who went No. 3 in the draft last year. The Spurs always seem to find value in the draft and here’s a good example. Anderson won’t be a superstar, but he can come in and play right away.

James Anderson should come in and fill in one of the Spurs biggest needs right away (shooting) while he adapts to the San Antonio Spurs defensive schemes. In a worst case scenario, he should be able to immediately replace last season’s Roger Mason Jr. and Keith Bogans production at a fraction of the price.

Another useful wrinkle, according to Draftexpress.com, Anderson also provides a knowledgeable and capable pick and roll wing, an important skill given the Spurs pick and roll dominant offensive sets.

James Andersonwas nothing short of spectacular last season, and it shows here. His 1.07 overall PPP ranks second amongst all players, as do his 20 possessions used per-game. He was above the PPP every in every situation except for guarded catch and shoot situations, and has more experience running the pick and roll (2.9 Pos/G) than any other player on our rankings. High usage/high-efficiency players are extremely difficult to come by, and NBA teams may want to ponder if they’re missing the boat on Anderson due to the fact that he has not been spectacular in workouts. The same thing happened last year withMarcus Thornton.

Between James Anderson, Alonzo Gee, Malik Hairston and Garrett Temple, the San Antonio Spurs would seemingly have at least one rotation quality wing player and a healthy stockpile of talent for Austin.

  • Jacques

    Surprised they picked Ryan Richard over Solomon Alabi

  • ThatBigGuy

    Thumbs up on Anderson.

  • Rey

    With the choices in the draft today, the Spurs seemed to have picked RMJ’s replacement as G and a good third option behind RJ and Hairston.

    Does that mean that the probability of getting Splitter just went higher?

    At the moment, there are so many speculations. In an interview with Splitter, he said that him playing in the NBA for the Spurs will depend on “how badly (they) want (him) to be.” Of course that would equate to money and playing time.

    I’m excited about James Anderson being able to contribute to the team’s need immediately, as he’s projected to be, and I’m glad that the draft is over, just to help lessen the speculations about the Tony Parker draft. I’m not expecting the Spurs to land James, Wade, Stoudemire or Johnson in the free agency, but the prospect of a younger (and improving) plus a healthy (and still very good) players really brings up my day. I’m really hoping that Splitter would finally sign up with them.

  • td4life

    For the 2oth pick, after P George (who had easily soared into the Lottery and expected to be out of reach), I was hoping that the FO had targeted someone who would turn out to be a steal (and was HOPING that guy might be Pondexter, or Stanley Robinson who were my 4th & 5th choices) over my own picks of (my #2 choice for the 20th pick) Larry Sanders, and my 3rd choice… James Anderson… who I ranked higher than those 2 shooting SFs as the BPA.

    BUT, I was hoping that we’d either trade up or Pop and RC would really see something in a bigman like Whiteside (Maybe Ryan Richards is that guy??)… I was a little perplexed that Anderson wasn’t more highly touted, but thought he might be gone by 20, probably to the Wolves at 16, or several others between 11& 19… I was happy that we was still there once Larry Sanders was gone, but since Avery Bradley was gone, i thought for sure Boston would take either Elliot Williams, James or gamble on a big man.

    So I should be happy that we got my #3 choice, since the other guys were gone, but I am disappointed b/c we have GH and Manu, and so
    1) we didn’t really need a SG
    2) I get the feeling from RC’s demeanor that he was also quite disappointed… I really got the feeling that all the guys they would be happy with were either gone, or we got rebuffed in trading for.

    That said, I think that there is good reason to be optimistic about James long-term, I don’ t think the FO is sure what kind of a player he’ll be, but if he is a hard-worker, his size and shot could make him a nice starter some day… that’s the main thing i was hoping for: a guy that will become a nice, effective starter on a very good playoff team a few years down the road.

    To that end, I fully expected to take Stanley Robinson at 40, but I am glad we selected a Big, and hope he’s a real steal. Since we (and everybody else) passed on Robinson, I trust that our FO deemed him to be an likely NBA bust. I am suprised b/c I like him 5th at the 2o, but I trust the FO, and will happily take the unknown Big… Boozer and M Gasol were 2nd rounders, after all.

  • Hobson13

    Wow. It sounds like another Blair situation. Anderson was injured so he couldn’t work out for teams. RC said he thought Anderson would go sooner in the draft. If this guy can score in the athletic Big 12 then he should do well in the NBA.

    P.S. RC was kinda an ass to that reporter. I guess it comes with the territory.

  • Phife

    That’s the way they (Pop & RC) communicate with the media. He did it with a smirk. Also, I think R.C. knows Splitter is going to be here next year. Perfect example is how he responded to the “not drafting a big” question.

  • Jim Henderson

    Well, the drafts finally over (Anderson was a nice pick-up at #20), and now free agency begins in a week. At present, we definitely don’t needs guards/SF’s (although we could use some rearrangement there to improve overall quality). Clearly, our 4/5 situation, an NBA title contender defense, and a veteran, clutch, 3-point shooter, all represent ongoing concerns.

    Indeed, there are still plenty of unanswered questions. When are we going to know about Splitter? What are we going to do in free agency? What trade possibilities remain that will allow us to sufficiently retool this team? Does the draft say anything about Mahinmi, Gee, or Hairston’s prospects?

    I say we still need a dependable, tall big in the paint that can block shots. We need a veteran guard/SF that we can count on to nail big threes in those important pressure-packed situations in the playoffs. And we need a proven, lock-down defender on the perimeter. So, how do we go about filling these needs? Any suggestions or comments?

  • td4life

    – David Kahn is a complete tool…

    Okay, Babbitt, Elliot Williams (even though they already have Jarred Bayless), and Armon Johnson are GREAT picks for the great K-Pritch. As much as I don’t think Gomes is much of a player, he’s a solid true backup SF, and Babbitt is a nice sub for Batum, who now gets locked into big minutes and the Blazer starting SF spot…

    But what the hell is Kahn doing? He goes and picks up Webster who is too streaky to be either a starter or a reliable 6th man, and then trades Babbitt (who was worth way more than Webster as trade bait — and worse, he essentially traded Babbitt AND last year’s Ty Lawson for Martel friggin Webster! HA!) AND THEN, as an never-ending vote of “No Confidence” in Wesley Johnson, goes and trades for TWO MORE SFs in Hayward, and Bjelica? Wow! What a lunatic… there’s no shortage of duochebag franchises in the NBA. Season-ticket holders up there need to DEMAND the firing of David Kahn. Seriously.

    — I like Sactown’s gamble on bringing DMC and Whiteside in to pair with their ROY stud.

    — Detroit got very lucky getting a talent like Monroe, even if they are gonna be soft for a long while yet.

    — And Toronto got even luckier in picking up Ed Davis to potentially mitigate the loss of Bosh over the long-term.

    Surprised N.O. takes on another PF (Brackins), they really could have used a C or an SF… will they be able to pull of a trade of West or Okafor? But, regardless, they passed on better prospects in not only Aldrich, but PFs Sanders, Seraphin, Davis, and Patterson. WTF? They draft pretty well, so is Brackens the sleeper of this draft?

    — I don’t understand Indy picking up Paul George, when they are weak at so many other spots and Granger demands so many minutes. Sanders, or James Anderson would have made much more sense, given that all these guys are risks. I can only think that George will make better trade bait and can help them pick up a PG or get two solid 8-man rotation guys in exchange for Murphy. I suppose George was the BPA, and is who the Spurs would have selected @ 1o, if we had been willing to part with TP. We’ll see what Larry Bird does next.

  • Araz

    Jim,

    Trade for James Posey, and hope Splitter can block shots well.

  • http://mvgennero@yahoo.com mvg03

    I would love to see the spurs go after Mike Miller, Kyle Korver, or Travis Outlaw via free agency for the 2/3 spot

  • Colin

    blah-blah-blah-blah……….lets get some bigs

  • Hobson13

    Jim Henderson
    June 24th, 2010 at 8:40 pm
    “I say we still need a dependable, tall big in the paint that can block shots. And we need a proven, lock-down defender on the perimeter. So, how do we go about filling these needs? Any suggestions or comments?”

    I think RC is pretty damned sure that Splitter is coming over. I’m not saying Splitter is the perfect fit, but that is our answer for a tall big in the paint.

    “We need a veteran guard/SF that we can count on to nail big threes in those important pressure-packed situations in the playoffs.”

    I have no idea how we get this. Anderson is a good guard who may be able to knock down threes, but he’s a long shot. The only way we get a veteran is through an RJ trade. I think a Parker trade is a long shot at this point.

    “And we need a proven, lock-down defender on the perimeter.”

    Jim, I just don’t think we will get one of these PLUS the veteran SG. I can’t see us pulling off a trade that will net us with both. The only trade I can think of that would get us all that you ask is RJ to GS for Biedrins and Azebuike. However, we don’t need Biedrins PLUS Splitter. I don’t think their games would mesh well at all. Perhaps with more improvement, Hill could be our veteran 3pt shooting SG.

    We really need to hope that Hairston, Temple, and Anderson are the real deal and at least one can be a difference maker this next year. Pop needs to play these guys plus Blair for extended minutes for the first 20 games. Maybe one of them could surprise us.

  • Ben

    Yeah of course asking r.c. about why he didnt draft a big? like it seems like he knows that splitter is probably going to be a spur this year and for free agency, i truly think the spurs should go after Raja Bell first, hes a pretty great defender/ 3points shooter, and that can help us lock down the other teams best player and hopefully can get in kobes face again.

  • spursfanbayarea

    I like the pickup of Ryan Richards. Having a big that can shoot perimeter shots is essential in todays NBA game. Although he may need a stint with the toros to learn the system. Anderson nice cheap pickup to play minutes at the 2 and 3 spots. Looks like Splitter will be with the spurs. Now its just a matter of money. Spurs will spend full MLE to get it done. Starting five of parker, hill, anderson, duncan, and splitter sounds good to me. Bring ginobilli off the bench with blair, and jefferson because he can only play well with ginobilli. Mcdyess can be a serviceable big that can give us great 10 minutes or so behind all of our bigs. Very excited about next years team. I forecast a slow start as typical spurs team goes, but this year a monster rodeo trip to take us to top 4 in standings. Go Spurs Go.

  • td4life

    Jim Henderson–

    I don’t know why you’d claim we “definitely” don’t need any SFs… are you referring to our D-Leaguers, or are you excited about RJ’s upcoming final year in SA? More of Hill or Manu, and now Anderson, as undersized threes?

    Granted, you qualified that with an almost painful understatement:
    “(although we could use some rearrangement there to improve overall quality).”

    Uh, yeah.

    We haven’t really addressed any of our major off-season needs yet. Sure, I’m hoping for James Anderson (my 3rd BPA choice for the #2o) to be good enough, and daggers enough, to give us significant minutes as a rook, and along with an improved Hill, and maybe a better shooting TP, perhaps we’ll have gotten the 3 point range we need… BUT in addition to smart, athletic, physical perimeter defense, I still don’t think we’ll have the clutch scoring we need. Manu is the only never-say-die high efficiency guy we have to rely on. Sure, optimistically, we can hope that Splitter, GH, and Anderson could give us the additional scoring we need. … but I don’t see us as contenders without another ACE scorer, or overall talent.

    In contrast, I think we are still looking like a middling playoff team, and in two years we will be where we are now, but ready to rebuild in earnest… that is UNLESS, we could send TP, RJ, and picks to the Hornets for Mr. Paul. Their moves today (see my 2nd post above) seemed to be curiously cost-cutting… we could send them 25 Million in expiring contracts… could Peter Holt make that back in TV and Playoff revenue if we went all-in for HOF talent? For the record, and strictly hypothetically, I think D Wade would help us more than Bosh would, for one reason: the guy is CLUTCH.

    Short of swapping for a top-tier player such as a healthy CP3 (or the dominant, no-longer more realistic, quintet– which I won’t mention again– of a Maggette, Azubuike, MG, GH,& TP ), we’ll have to start thinking rebuild, with apologies to Timmy.

  • Jim Henderson

    Hobson13
    June 24th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    “I think RC is pretty damned sure that Splitter is coming over. I’m not saying Splitter is the perfect fit, but that is our answer for a tall big in the paint.”

    I agree that Splitter will “probably” come over, but the point I was making is, he’s not enough, and he’s not a shot-blocker. We still need a guy like Turiaf. Even AJ might work from Wolves. He’s a decent shot-blocker, and probably a better fit than Biedrins.

    “The only way we get a veteran is through an RJ trade. I think a Parker trade is a long shot at this point.”

    We either need to trade one of these two, or perhaps we can get an under the radar “gamer” for a decent price as a FA. Rasul Butler, for example could work, and could be reasonably cheap. I don’t think the Clips will make a bid on him. Anyway, that’s just one example. Even a guy like Steve Novak of the Clippers could work, I don’t know. Bottom-line: We MUST have another dependable 3-point shooter off the bench. I’m hoping the Bonner experiment is over.

    “And we need a proven, lock-down defender on the perimeter.”

    “Jim, I just don’t think we will get one of these PLUS the veteran SG.”

    Maybe not, but we need to try. I believe some interesting imbalances were created on some team by their draft picks. For example Memphis is too SG/SF heavy. It looks like they’re not going to try & resign Ronnie Brewer. What is his value on the open market? What can we do to get him? Any ideas?

    Sign & trade w/Bonner & a future draft pick for Brewer? Memphis could certainly use a shooter at the stretch 4 for 10 mpg. The problem for them is, they have Brewer, Sam Young (Blairs teammate at Pitt), and #12 pick Henry all at SF (and that’s factoring out Gay), and they have a TON of SG/PGs. They have to trade somebody. Right?

  • Bushka

    I am essentially with Hobson on this one.

    RC has to be sure of Splitter coming over, and if he isn’t putting another big on the roster is a massive disincentive to Splitter.

    With Duncan, McDyess, Blair already locked in we add another big outside of Splitter and theres a log jam for minutes, if i’m Tiago and I see playing in the NBA as a personal goal not a financial necessity i’m not about to come to the river walk just to fight for minutes.

    We have a lot of guards and swing players I like the idea of letting these guys butt heads in summer league/training camp and see who comes out as a big dog.

    Competition is a wonderful wonderful thing, and I think after having to wait in the wings for 2 years Malik Hairston is either going to rip the still beating heart out of people to get in and show exactly how much he wants this, or he is not made of the right stuff for the roster. Either way this can’t hurt the spurs.

    I’m very happy with Anderson at the #20. I obviously would have loved to draft higher but it is what it is, and at 20 I think he is a great risk/reward pick.

    Surely he can play better than the Bogans / Romaju tag team of last season even if only in limited minutes.

  • Bushka

    Jim I love Brewer as a player, great D doesn’t take bad shots, and is a really physical guy. I worry a little about his injury history, but I worry more about his lack of outside shooting.

    I think you are right that OKC has to move someone, but I also think you are right that we need a vet 3 point shooter, and I’d rather see a trade that targets someone who is a Guard/SF style 3 point catch and shoot guy ala Mike Miller (not a perfect pick just someone I grabbed to illustrate).

  • Jim Henderson

    td4life
    June 24th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Am I correct to assume that you don’t disagree with this summary statement I made from an earlier post?:

    “I say we still need a dependable, tall big in the paint that can block shots. We need a veteran guard/SF that we can count on to nail big threes in those important pressure-packed situations in the playoffs. And we need a proven, lock-down defender on the perimeter. So, how do we go about filling these needs? Any suggestions or comments?”

  • zainn

    raja bell, if kobe hasn’t snagged him already…or ray allen if the celtics break after paul pierce potentially leaves… Kyle korver,

  • andy

    obviously we were not going to knock out all our weaknesses with this draft, but hopefully the long ball is one of them.

    lockdown perimeter d is still my biggest worry. 3 point shooting comes and goes, but it looks like now we’ll have enough shot creators (tp, manu, anderson) that we won’t have to worry about offense too much.

    jim- i still contend that a true, shotblocking big is not a true need we have. it’s a luxury. we need a mobile big that can execute p&r d now that timmy is no longer the force he was. if we can have timmy camp out under the basket to block shots, and not have to chase people around anymore, i think that’s good enough for our shotblocking needs.

    i agree that the calculus points toward splitter coming over. hopefully this helps with our mobile big part of the equation.

    one interesting thing for me: with anderson (yes i know, it was good value), who isn’t known for his D (over say, damion james*), does this confirm a philosophical change for the spurs? i absolutely love hearing that anderson is a high efficiency, high usage player. it’s rare (duh) and it’s proof that he’s a baller offensively. i hope that he can pick up our defensive schemes quickly, but even with effort, he’s not the sic’em bowen clone many of us pine for. the question remains though: is scoring our impetus as a team, and not the lockdown D of years past?

    *hush, i can’t help but like the guy

  • Ian

    Anderson sounds like a safe pick, but I really have to wonder what the FO have in mind with this kid Ryan Richards. Stashing him in Europe is not an option since he reportedly said he’ll rather withdraw from the draft than play in Europe. A short/long-term project? Will the Spurs offer him a (partially) guaranteed contract and see whether he’ll develop into a serviceable big? Are they (or rather Holt) willing to do that?

  • Jim Henderson

    Bushka
    June 24th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    “RC has to be sure of Splitter coming over, and if he isn’t putting another big on the roster is a massive disincentive to Splitter.”

    I’m not saying get another big before Splitter has had his opportunity to sign. But how much longer until we have an answer on this? We have other moves we need to make in a timely, preferably unrestricted fashion, that may be contingent on him signing, or not signing.

    Bushka
    June 24th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    “Jim I love Brewer as a player, great D doesn’t take bad shots, and is a really physical guy. I worry a little about his injury history, but I worry more about his lack of outside shooting.”

    But we need a great veteran defender AND a shooter, if we can’t get them in one guy. Which is why I like even better the idea of going after Battier from the Rockets, another team with a log jam at the SG/SF spot. 14th pick, Patterson, Ariza, Budinger, Battier? Too much talent fighting for minutes at the same position.
    How about Bonner, McDyess, & a future draft pick for Battier & Andersen? We’d have to absorb an extra year of Andersen’s salary, and give up a pick to get a just past prime Battier who in some respects has become a bit superfluous on the Rocket roster. On the other hand, we need a guy like Battier: a dependable perimeter defender that can knock down the three a decent clip (38.5% – career). Houston get’s a better shooter in Bonner, and a veteran “big” in McDyess that can be depended on to bang in the rotation with Yao and Scola (and whoever else they sign or resign), while grooming Patterson until he puts on the weight & gains the experience to perhaps move to PF full-time. But of course, we would need Splitter, or somebody, to feel ok about sending McDyess in this deal.

    The point is, there are potential deals out there, and we need to come up with the ones that will allow us to truly compete. I know, it’s easier said then done. I know that I’m demanding and hard to satisfy, but what can I tell ya!

  • Jim Henderson

    zainn
    June 24th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    “raja bell, if kobe hasn’t snagged him already…or ray allen if the celtics break after paul pierce potentially leaves… Kyle korver,”

    Problem is they’re all too expensive, except “maybe” Bell.

  • Easy b

    If you look at my last post, this is as predicted. Spurs listened and angled for a tp trade but didn’t undervalue him one bit and so are gradually getting better from the bottom of the team up. I really hope that we can pinch a nice veteran point to back up Tony who can hit the three now . I’ll enjoy watching the team next year

  • Bushka

    True about the two spots for two needs Jim.

    I guess in a perfect world we fill that slot with one guy but tough when we don’t have a package to really attract that kind of two way player that easily, not without giving up a hell of a lot or taking on way too much salary.

    I thought Bell as well, but he is aging and coming off some serious injury downtime.

    Brewer would be exactly what Bogans was meant to be only younger faster and ..better..lol

  • Bushka

    Really looking forward to this season going to enjoy the development of the guys, especially the guards I think someones going to man up and just take the minutes.

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  • td4life

    QUESTIONS:

    If we sign Splitter and Anderson, we’ll have 12 players on the books for next season.
    We could save money by signing 13 instead of the Spurs’ usual 15. Pop likes an insurance 5th big: not likely to be Ian, worst case could be Bonner since he practices hard and knows the system, which can help to develop Blair, Tiago, maybe even Richards.

    Assuming we sign Splitter to the MLE, how much money would we have to spend fleshing out those last 1-3 spots?

    You guys are asking for R Brewer or R Bell… considering the guys we have already I’m not sure we pay to add talent to the perimeter… are we talking Matt Barnes at $1.5M or Micheal Petrius-like talent at over $5M?

    Or rather, do we spend what money we would have on that other Big?
    If Tiago is our 2nd big and Blair is our 4th in the regular season/McD is our 4th in the playoffs, can we afford a 3rd big… say a healthy Tyson Chandler to back up and play alongside both TD and Splitter… isn’t such an acquisition, or even Ty Thomas out of reach financially, unless via trade?

    Aren’t we stuck in an either/or, since we are even more limited if we wanted to ALSO add a better perimeter player, whether it’s Morrow, R Brewer, Redick, or whoever? I’d rather pay for one real baller than several Bogans, Masons, and Bonners. But to get a real talent, aren’t we really just looking at trade scenarios (we’ll have over $26M in the expirings of TP&RJ, and another $5M in McD)…

    So, aren’t we pretty much limited to talking trades?

  • ITGuy

    Go Spurs Go!!

  • Trade Tp

    I like the picks. Kinda wished we would have grabbed stanley robinson with our second round pick.

    Dont send him to the toros. Thats a waste of time. Look at all the guys ripping up the D league then sucking when they play in the nba.

    I hope we get a new coach in free agency. Pop is a fag.

  • http://theorangerock@blogspot.com therealkman

    Can the Spurs still use the expiring contracts of Bonner and Mason to pursue Beasley? Miami is looking to move him for nothing more than cap space.

  • http://theorangerock@blogspot.com therealkman

    td4life – I think your numbers are off by one. Right now the Spurs have 7 players under contract with team options for two more, Gee and Hairston. Adding Splitter and Anderson would give them a roster of 11 players. Who am I missing?

  • Hurm66

    Funny someone mentioned Beasley. I know he’s a basket case but I live in Miami and I believe he is a system guy. Surrounded by the right people he could be a great off the bench scoring machine.

    Clearly the Heat want to give him away – wish we could swipe him. If it doesn’t work out – it’s a cheap risk compared to RJ.

    However the guy we really need to be that Ariza type length defender with decent three point range is Dorell Wright. That’s right – just like Bruce Bowen – a Riley castoff who can really thrive in our system. He can be had cheap as he will slip through the cracks of FA. He’s young with dumb hops and seems to finally be getting his basketball IQ up to NBA standards.

    I’m sure the FO is aware of how valuable RJ’s expiring can be come February and TP as well. Should Splitter arrive and we give some run to the young players plus Wright – I think we can make a serious run next year (health permitting).

  • Tyler

    I still think we need one more shooter and a defender, so I took a quick look though the NBA rosters to find a few decent G/SF’s that can either shoot the three and/or are reasonably decent on defense. I tried to only include the ones that are reasonably priced. In no particular order (salary in 2010/11):

    Maurice Evans ($2.5 M-expiring after next season)
    Gerald Henderson ($2.1)
    Delonte West ($4.67 – expiring)
    DeShawn Stephenson ($4.15 – expiring)
    Arron Afflalo ($1.96M)
    Raja Bell – FA
    Charlie Bell ($3.84)
    Azubuike ($3.36 – expiring)
    Anthony Morrow ($1.03 – expiring)
    Battier ($7.35 – expiring)
    Brandon Rush ($2.07)
    Rasual Butler – FA
    Ronnie Brewer ($3.78 if they make him a qualifying offer)
    Jerry Stackhouse – FA
    James Jones ($4.64 if team option is picked up)
    Dorell Wrighy – FA
    Carlos Delfino ($3.5)
    Damien Wilkens – FA
    Wayne Ellington ($1.08)
    Jarvis Hayes – FA
    JJ Redick ($3.89 – qualifying offer)
    Matt Barnes ($1.6 – player option)
    Jodies Meeks ($762k)
    Rudy Fernandez ($1.25)
    Kyle Korver – FA
    Mike Miller – FA

    Again, this is just a quick look at a few guys I could reasonably see in a Spurs uni, either through free agency or trades. From the list I like:

    Arron Afflalo – competes defensively and can shoot, but I think Denver values him highly
    Raja Bell – experienced, good defender and shooter, but is he healthy enough?
    Battier – for obvious reasons, a perfect fit in our system, but how much would it take to get him?
    Jerry Stackhouse – a vet who’s been though it all and could be had cheap, I think he’d love playing for Pop
    Wayne Ellington – pure shooter, young, cheap and could get lost in the shuffle in MN. I think he could blossom in our system
    Rudy Fernandez – great shooter, athletic, but how much would it take to pry him away?
    Mike Miller – would be great in our system, great shooter and very underrated passer, a no nonsense guy, but could demand a hefty salary

    Sorry for the long post.

  • Tyler

    Of course, if we bring over Splitter that would give us 12 players:

    Duncan
    Blair
    Splitter
    McDyess
    TP
    Manu
    Hill
    RJ
    James Anderson
    Hairston (team option)
    Temple (FA right now)
    Gee (team option)

    I think it’s going to be a battle between Hairston, Temple and Gee for two spots. If I’m not mistaken, typically the Spurs usually only take 11 guys in order to leave open the possibility for a two-for-one trade.

  • doggydogworld

    Shane Battier is absolutely the guy we need, but I see no way to get him for a reasonable price unless Daryl Morey gets himself fired or something.

  • Bduran

    I didn’t really look at James Anderson before the draft because I didn’t think he was much of a possibility. So I went to DE and looked at his stats compared to the other SGs in the draft.

    He was avg in fg%, mostly because of a drop in 3 pt shooting from his previous years. However, he was tied for first in TS%. This is because he was #1 in 2pt fg% and he gets to the line and shoots 81%. Additionally, he turns the ball over at a very low rate despite heavy usage by his team. He’s also a decent rebounder. His only real knock was low assist rate.

    Unfortunately, according to DE at least, he was a poor peremiter defender. I think Anderson is a good value at 20 and helps the team in the long run, but I’m not sure how much he helps the team right now. We need 3 pt shooting and D from our 2s and 3s and at best he provides one of these. Still, I think he’ll be good and I’m not unhappy with the pick.

  • Hobson13

    It makes a great deal of sense why we selected Anderson. With Mason Jr. gone, we desperately needed a backup, if not a starter, at the SG who can immediately come in and play. With Splitter coming over, I see the front court too crowded to resign Bonner, especially with two decent trade chips (RJ, TP) and one virtually guaranteed to be gone by trade deadline (RJ). It appears that this is the Spurs new depth chart:

    PG: Parker, Hill, Temple
    SG:Manu, Anderson
    SF: RJ, Hairston
    PF: McDyess, Blair
    C: Duncan, Splitter

    We all identified 3 areas of need several weeks ago. Here they are along with my explanation on each:

    1) Shot blocking big to take up minutes and help Duncan. Spurs Answer: Tiago Splitter.
    While I don’t think Tiago is a great shotblocker, he is a decent defender and should be able to come in and play meaningful minutes. He’s not the perfect answer, but barring a trade, he is the FO’s answer.

    2.) 3 pt shooting (possibly 2 players needed) Spurs answer: Anderson? IMO, the Spurs have yet to address this need. Anderson may be a good player, but we can’t seriously expect a rook to hit big playoff threes. We haven’t addressed this as far as I’m concerned.

    3). 2-3 decent (not Bonner or Mason) bench players. Spurs Answer: Anderson, Temple, Hairston, or Gee. This need again has gone unanswered unless we expect these players to seriously improve their game over the next 4 months.

    Of all three areas of need, we have only addressed one area, and it was a partial answer at that. Surely our hopes aren’t pinned on guys like Anderson, Temple, Hairston, etc. I know these guys can improve and perhaps be really good, but we won’t be able to seriously compete for AT LEAST 1 year.

    For the rest of the summer, the FO will take this team in one of two directions: We will stand pat and allow these young players to develop and hope for the best (read 2nd round exit at best). Or we make a trade involving TP or RJ to bring in more veteran talent. I am still hoping we can unload RJ for Al Jefferson or Andre Igoudala. If that were to happen, we would have the guns to challenge anyone in the league.

  • Hobson13

    PG: Parker, Hill, Temple
    SG:Manu, Anderson
    SF: RJ, Hairston
    PF: McDyess, Blair
    C: Duncan, Splitter

    One more thing: Looking at our depth chart, we are stacked at the PG position. I also think we are in good shape at the SG position since Hill can really play both PG and SG. I believe we have needs at the SF spot and perhaps 1 spot available in the front court if we move McDyess to the bench. To me, this is why an Al Jefferson or Iggy trade would make sense. Iggy (although naturally a SG) can certainly play SF and is a great defender. Big Al can take the Tim role while Tim becomes the David Robinson mentor. A Splitter/Jefferson/Blair front court would be unreal.

    To me, an Al Jefferson or Iggy trade would make sense. Iggy (although naturally a SG) can certainly play SF and is a great defender. Big Al can take the Tim role while Tim becomes the David Robinson mentor. A Splitter/Jefferson/Blair front court would be unreal. Some might argue that Jefferson and Duncan can’t play together because neither can space the floor. Look no farther than Bynum and Gasol. Neither guy is a good 18 ft shooter and yet they coexist just fine. Just some thoughts and theories, but I sure hope we unload RJ for an allstar level talent.

  • John

    WE WANT RAJA!

    WE WANT RAJA!

    WE WANT RAJA!

    The only thing to worry about is his shooting, since he had a wrist injury. But otherwise, his defense should still be top notch after basically being off a year and if he does improve his shooting, he will be the perfect guard in the spurs system.

  • NL

    getting back to the actual draft pick, this video on nba.com has a lot of good things to say about Anderson.

    http://www.nba.com/video/channels/draft/2010/06/24/20100624_pick1_analysis.nba/

    well worth watching.

  • Ted

    Here’s something that occurred to me last night during the draft, and also in reading through a ton of draft/trade analysis this morning.

    Sam Presti must had a lot of input to the decisions on the great Spurs draftees and trades of the 2000’s. Take a look at the wheeling-and-dealing he has been doing for OKC. That’s the kind of roster-dealing us Spurs fans came to expect. That’s what we are missing now. Granted, the Spurs’ situation is different since they are trying to build around an aging Hall-of-Famer and TP and MG.

    There is no way that Presti would have dealt for Richard Jefferson for OKC. I also think that he would not have done those bizarre deals for Ratliff and Haislip, and let the young guys walk in and out from the D-League the way they have, were he still with SA. Then again, I don’t know how the decision-making works for SA and how much personnel voice Presti had while at SA. You have to love what he has been doing for OKC, regardless of what you think about the potential of Cole Aldrich.

  • Hunter

    I like James anderson he’s a 20 point scorer and a good 3 shooter with help from guys like Keith Bogans and Manu Ginobli he can be come a great player in this league.
    This is the spurs regular season depth chart
    PG: Parker Hill Temple
    SG:Anderson Ginobli
    SF:Jefferson Bogans
    PF:Duncan Blair
    C:Splitter Mcdeyce Richards
    Not to mention trading and free agency i think that we should trade Mcdeyce a dreaf pick and Jefferson for a center such as Pau Gasol and sighn a foreward i think Shane battier is a free agent and so is Rudy gay so our depth chart would be
    PG: Parker Hill
    SG: Ginobli Anderson
    SF: Battier (Gay) Bogans
    PF: Duncan Blair Richards
    C: Gasol Splitter
    who can beat that lineup

  • quincyscott

    I agree with those who say we do not need a shot-blocking big. Most good shot blockers are good only at that. They often do not provide good help defense, for example. Obviously David Robinson is an exception, but he is a freak of nature. The Spurs certainly need to protect the paint more effectively next season, but this does not necessarily need to be done with shot blocking. Remember when Oberto was a starter here. Tough man defender, excellent help defender, nice touch around the basket, good rebounder, etc. We need these things more than a stiff who blocks shots.

    As I’ve said before, I think the Celtics are a good model here. If you compared their starting five with the Lakers, on paper the Lakers had a superior front court. But in the finals the Celtics neutralized that advantage with depth and versatility. I think the Spurs can have something akin to that with a lineup of Duncan, Splitter, Blair and McDyess, and perhaps Mahinmi. Blair will be better. He can be for us what Big Baby is for the Celtics. McDyess can still be effective if his minutes are kept fairly low. I think Splitter can be a starter right away. This can work.

  • junierizzle

    I liked the Anderson pick. One thing the SPURS need is shooting. Hopefully he works out.

    I too think the SPURS are sure they are getting SPLITTER. Otherwise they wouldn’t have taken a 19 year old with the second pick.

    I think if Hairston gets more playing time then that’s a good start.

  • quincyscott

    Ted–

    Presti is a protege of Buford. Whatever he knows about managing, he learned from Buford. I completely agree that Presti’s done a fantastic job, but I don’t think anyone other than Pop and Buford can be credited for the success of the Spurs over the past decade.

    The situations in OKC and San Antonio couldn’t be more different. For the past three years, Buford has been working at extending the success of a team with four championships. We picked twentieth yesterday. That’s the best draft spot we have had in twelve years! OKC, on the other hand, has absolutely no history of success. Presti had to do a lot of dealing because he was starting from absolute scratch with one skinny talented player. Because they sucked, though, he did have a lot of good picks to add talent. He has utilized these picks very well.

    The Spurs have had to be very smart, and very lucky, to maintain over a decade without the benefit of lottery picks. Ginobilli and Parker were overlooked by many organizations. Splitter, Blair and Anderson are also smart, smart picks. Buford and Pop know what they are doing.

  • Bentley

    I still feel like we need another shot-blocking, good defender big to at least come off the bench and produce.

    If you’re thinking veteran defender, great 3-point shooter, Shane Battier would be the perfect fit. But I dubt Houston lets him go. I would also love love love love love to have Trevor Ariza, but he’s got 4 years left on his contract and I don’t see Houston letting him go either.

    Although no one is sure of what the FO will do next after the draft, I’m just hoping the draft isn’t the last attempt the FO makes to upgrade our roster.

  • lvmainman

    If the Spurs want a lockdown defender at the NBA minimum, they need to sign Bobby Jones. He was on a 10 day contract with the Spurs before. His story is similiar to Bruce Bowen being cut by the Heat and then joining the team. Bobby Jones coach @ Washington, Lorenzo Romar, said that he consistently shut down Brandon Roy and Nate Washington in practice. Even draftexpress.com says Bobby Jones could be a Bruce Bowen clone. He would be a tremendous upgrade on Keith Bogans, Ime Udoka, or whoever the Spurs try to sign for the NBA minimum at the end of free agency.

    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Bobby-Jones-351/

    Ryan Richards signing kind of scares me. He wants to be Lamar Odom, a left handed big on the perimeter. In other words, as a 6’10” big, he hates to bang inside. Also, he did the fewest bench reps (I believe it’s 185 lbs vs. 225 lbs in NFL) of ANY player (that means guards included) at the NBA combine @ 4 reps. I believe Devin Ebanks, a super skinny 6’7 185 player drafted by the Lakers did 8 reps. Ryan Richards will be spending the entire year in the D-League, mark my words.

  • Jim Henderson

    td4life
    June 25th, 2010 at 3:54 am

    “If we sign Splitter and Anderson, we’ll have 12 players on the books for next season.”

    Are you counting D-League guys? Otherwise, I only count ten, with Anderson & Splitter:

    Blair
    Duncan
    Hairston
    Manu
    Hill
    RJ
    Dice
    Parker

    Anderson
    Splitter

    “You guys are asking for R Brewer or R Bell… considering the guys we have already I’m not sure we pay to add talent to the perimeter… are we talking Matt Barnes at $1.5M or Micheal Petrius-like talent at over $5M?

    Or rather, do we spend what money we would have on that other Big?”

    Yeah, I don’t think we have the $ to offer anyone after Splitter $5 mil.+ type contracts. But it’s a good question. I’m not sure exactly how that works. As far as “bigs” or perimeter guys, we REALLY need a veteran perimeter defender/3-point shooter, a la Shane Battier. So, in my view, we have to make a trade to come up with the pieces we’re still lacking. We don’t have enough to do it with $ alone in the FA market. I’m not sure whether we have a BAE, or any other signing exception this year, but it would be pretty small.

    “……isn’t such an acquisition, or even Ty Thomas out of reach financially, unless via trade?”

    Yes, I’m quite sure it is.

    “So, aren’t we pretty much limited to talking trades?”

    To get what you call “real ballers”, I believe so.

    Hurm66
    June 25th, 2010 at 6:52 am

    “However the guy we really need to be that Ariza type length defender with decent three point range is Dorell Wright.”

    Yes, I would be interested in going after him.

    Tyler
    June 25th, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Off your list, and leaving out those I don’t like or deem “unlikely to get/afford”, here is who I think we ought to consider further, and perhaps think about ways to acquire:

    Raja Bell – FA
    Charlie Bell ($3.84) – Warriors just picked up
    Azubuike ($3.36 – expiring)
    Anthony Morrow ($1.03 – expiring) – an FA
    Battier ($7.35 – expiring)
    Brandon Rush ($2.07)
    Rasual Butler – FA
    Ronnie Brewer ($3.78 if they make him a qualifying offer)
    Dorell Wright – FA
    JJ Redick ($3.89 – qualifying offer)
    Matt Barnes ($1.6 – player option)
    Rudy Fernandez ($1.25) – like him, but too similar to our pick, Anderson.

    The big question now is to make sense of making a deal for any of these players, and carefully consider the financial feasibility & implications.

    By the way, while I agree that getting a veteran tough-nosed wing defender/shooter is an important need to fill, I also believe that we need another “BIG” on the front line, perhaps in lieu of McDyess (with the assumption that Splitter is coming over – which I hope we hear about SOON!). Otherwise, our line still does not have the requisite combination of youth/size/talent/shot-blocking to contend with the Lakers.

    doggydogworld
    June 25th, 2010 at 7:34 am

    “Shane Battier is absolutely the guy we need, but I see no way to get him for a reasonable price unless Daryl Morey gets himself fired or something.”

    Are you looking at the redundancy & oversupply of talent on that team at the SF spot? There’s no way Ariza, Budinger, their 1st round, #14 pick, Patterson (he is not ready for PF in the NBA), & Battier are all going to fight over 48 measly minutes. Battier is the most likely move, due to a combination of age and return trade value. Now, whether we have what the Rockets would want (and are willing to give) in return is another story.

    quincyscott
    June 25th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    “Remember when Oberto was a starter here. Tough man defender, excellent help defender, nice touch around the basket, good rebounder, etc. We need these things more than a stiff who blocks shots.”

    That was when our core stars were younger, and Duncan was getting 2.5 bpg., instead of 1.5 bpg. A big difference. I agree that we don’t want JUST shot -blocking. You have to have good position defenders in the paint, but shot-blocking and altering shots in the pain/at the rim is VERY important as well, and we don’t have enough of it to challenge the Lakers. Splitter is a pretty good position defender in the paint, but he’s a mediocre shot-blocker, at best. And you’re comparison to the Celtics is off-base, in my view.

    Bentley
    June 25th, 2010 at 9:45 am

    “I still feel like we need another shot-blocking, good defender big to at least come off the bench and produce.”

    Exactly.