3-on-3 Preseason Preview: Spurs vs. Hawks
Our 3-on-3 previews return for tonight’s preseason matchup against the Atlanta Hawks. Three writers, three questions, one big clusterf— of opinions.
1. What are your thoughts on James Anderson’s prospects with the Hawks?
Graydon Gordian, 48 Minutes of Hell: While I’d love to see Anderson improve and find a permanent place in the NBA, I’m not bullish he’ll work his way into Atlanta’s rotation. However, the team isn’t especially deep at SG: Likely starter Anthony Morrow’s defense is supbar, Lou Williams is undersized, and DeShawn Stevenson’s offensive abilities are limited. If Anderson shows real improvement, he could slip past Stevenson in the rotation.
Timothy Varner, 48 Minutes of Hell: My thoughts on James Anderson with the Hawks are the same as my thoughts on James Anderson with any other team. If he makes his jumpshots, he’ll stick. If not, he’ll find a contract in Europe or China.
Andrew McNeill, 48 Minutes of Hell: James Anderson is an NBA player, that much I believe. He looked promising as a rookie but never took hold of a rotation spot after injuries derailed him. He’s got the talent to play decent minutes for Atlanta as long as his shot is consistent. To me, his subpar shooting last season was the initial reason Anderson fell behind Danny Green in the pecking order.
2. How do you feel Danny Ferry has performed so far as Hawks GM?
Graydon Gordian, 48MoH: I think Ferry has been excellent. He moved Joe Johnson’s contract, which was largely considered immovable. In Kyle Korver, Lou Williams and Devin Harris, he’s added a number of capable backcourt players to support Horford and Smith in the frontcourt. And he’s given the team plenty of cap space to work with in the 2013 offseason. He’s doing a great job.
Timothy Varner, 48MoH: Danny Ferry is to general management what Whitesnake is to 80s hair bands. Ferry still has to figure out what the Hawks will look like moving forward, but the team is moving forward, which is something given Atlanta’s recent marriage to mediocrity.
Andrew McNeill, 48MoH: I don’t think you can be disappointed with the job Ferry has done so far, unless you’re a huge Joe Johnson fan. Moving that contract gives Atlanta more flexibility long term, even if it may weaken the on-court product in the short term. Otherwise, he’s brought in some decent pieces to fight for playing time. I was a fan of Hawks rookie John Jenkins after his time in the Vegas Summer League.
3. Should the Spurs fill the 15th roster spot with someone from training camp or keep it open?
Graydon Gordian, 48MoH: If Popovich and Buford are optimistic about a player in training camp, I have no problem filling the spot with him (especially if his money isn’t guaranteed). However, if they leave the spot open for an eye-catching D-League player, that’s fine as well. I think it’s worth wasting the spot on Eddy Curry, on the off chance he infuriates Knicks fans by having even a halfway productive season.
Timothy Varner, 48MoH: Yes, the Spurs should fill the spot with whomever plays better this preseason, whether Josh Powell, Eddy Curry, or Derrick Brown. In fact, they would be smart to create more roster space by alleviating their logjam at point guard, but, as our readers know, nothing comes easier to a hoops blogger than suggesting personnel moves.
Andrew McNeill, 48MoH: I’m always in the camp that likes some flexibility. A little wiggle room never hurts, especially for a team as deep as the Spurs. They’ve got five rotation bigs right now anyway, no rush to add a sixth. If anything, I’d prefer them to add a third small forward to the roster.