Corporate Knowledge: February 17, 2012

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The makeshift March 15 trade deadline is approaching fast, given the blur the season has been. Soon players who signed contracts over the summer will be eligible to include in deals, which should spark some trade activity.

There are many out there that feel ideally the San Antonio Spurs should acquire a fifth big man to add to the rotation, preferably one that can usurp Matt Bonner or DeJuan Blair in the rotation (which one depends on whether you like your defensive deficiencies too short or too slow).

While adding a fifth big man to the rotation would be a nice luxury, the Spurs success this season does not hinge on their ability to do so. Nor should they compromise any of their strengths to find one.

As is, the roster created by general manager RC Buford and developed by head coach Gregg Popovich features a championship quality supporting cast. Carry this roster back to 2008 or 2009, alongside Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and a still All-NBA version of Tim Duncan, and I have every bit of confidence the Spurs are right there with Los Angeles and Boston.

It is a supporting cast that does not want for shooting, wing defense, rebounding, or athleticism. Another plus defender beyond Tiago Splitter in the front court would be nice, but just a few years ago Duncan would have been more than capable of covering whatever deficiencies Blair or Bonner might have while augmenting their strengths.

To get to my point, if the San Antonio Spurs do not have a successful or extended playoff run, it will not be because the front office did not surround it with good enough players. It will be because the core of Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker were injured or simply aged out of the capability of doing so.

  • Adding some credibility to my opening thoughts is a piece from Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News praising the surprising effectiveness of the Spurs bench. Should Manu Ginobili return to the starting lineup, McDonald writes, it will be simply because he is no longer needed to keep the bench effective.
  •  If the Spurs do prove incapable of contending for a title despite its upgraded supporting cast, it does not mean it’s my personal preference to burn this thing down and start over. I would simply suggest, as our own Andrew McNeill did yesterday, to enjoy Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker playing at a high level while you can.
  • How deep is the Spurs bench? James Anderson, who many pegged as a future valuable contributor when the Spurs drafted him, was the odd man out of the rotation before Manu Ginobili returned. Still, from the looks of his interview with Jeff Garcia of Project Spurs, the Spurs found another talent with quality character. He might be struggling now, but he need only look to Danny Green (cut last year), Gary Neal (opportunity came when Anderson got injured) and Tiago Splitter (out of the rotation last year) for examples of what perseverance can mean on this team.
  • Another season, another column suggesting a team use the San  Antonio Spurs as a blueprint for building their franchise, this one penned by Ryan Wolstat of the Sudbury Star regarding the Toronto Raptors.
  • A brief story on Cory Joseph on his return to his native Canada. Of note, Joseph talks about the value of his time in Austin. Just as valuable as the playing time in Austin are the lost practices. In Austin, Joseph could be learning the finer points of the Spurs system in ways the film and shootarounds don’t allow during this condensed season.
  • Lvmainman

    Completely disagree, the Spurs post season success will hinge on finding a 5th competent big man. The notion that Blair/Bonner will be handling the Gasol, Griffin, Nowitzki, Nene, Aldridge, Randolph power forwards of the world come playoff time is wishful thinking. The Spurs still need a McDyess type player.

    If healthy, the best the Spurs can probably do via trade is a Ronny Turiaf, which would be the linchpin type move to get the Spurs over the hump. Missing out on Kenyon Martin, the way he’s been ballin’ for the Clippers hurts.

  • ACE

    THE SPURS IS THE BEST TEAM RIGHT NOW……..BUT….!! SPURS STILL NEED TO DO SOMETHING……. THEY REALLY NEED A BIG MAN RIGHT NOW……!!IF THE SPURS FO DOES’NT DO ANYTHING TO ADD A CENTER …….DUNCAN’S ERA IS OVER…..MY BE THEY LOSE AGAIN IN FIRST ROUND………THINK…THINK….THINK….THINK……THINK….. B4 ITS TO LATE…..!!!

  • TalkingOutofmyPass

    It would be great to get another good defensive big man for peanuts like a 2nd round pick but I wouldn’t want to break the team up.

    I think the team just has to roll with what we have, every team has its strengths and weaknesses. Looking at our rivals there is OKC which gets very little scoring from its front line, the Clippers have no SG and Dallas has nobody at C.

    Agree missing out on Martin did hurt as he looks like that get-your-hands-dirty, defensive big that we needed.

    On another note, going forward an appeal that the Spurs organisation will have retaining and attracting players is the security you have that you wont be traded in an instant, rather you will have time invested in you to develop as player to reach your potential.

  • Deeds130

    “if the San Antonio Spurs do not have a successful or extended playoff
    run, it will not be because the front office did not surround it with
    good enough players. It will be because the core of Duncan, Ginobili,
    and Parker were injured or simply aged out of the capability of doing
    so.”Actually, it’s both. As Timmy aged, they went with Matt Bonner. That’s a FO failure. And we did have better bigs next to TD during the championship years. As Splitter gets acclimated, this year’s cast has better prospects. But they do need interior help. The need really, is a 3rd big, not a 5th big. A 5th big would be a contingency plan. I’ve been doubtful that the Spurs would bring back a big in any kind of midseason transaction. I guess if somone wants Anderson though, it could happen. But I dont see the Spurs breaking this group up in the middle of such a chaotic season. If they were just developing Green to trade him, that would be a shock. Cunning as hell, though.
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jordan-Lee-Zhen-Hau/611018781 Jordan Lee Zhen Hau

    “As Timmy aged, they went with Matt Bonner. That’s a FO failure. And we
    did have better bigs next to TD during the championship years.” one thing to take note, no FO is perfect, just like wat Andrew mentioned in a earlier post, enjoy them as much as we can.

    on a side note : as much as i want a 5th big to replace blair and bonner, i am just thankful that our FO didnt make any *breaking* decisions like so many of the NBA teams’ FO have done.

  • STIJL

    “He might be struggling now, but he need only look to Danny Green (cut
    last year), Gary Neal (opportunity came when Anderson got injured) and
    Tiago Splitter (out of the rotation last year) for examples of what
    perseverance can mean on this team.”Read more: http://www.48minutesofhell.com/corporate-knowledge-february-17-2012#ixzz1mhRqwOPb

    Sure playing better would get Anderson more time…which only would add to the dilemma of who doesn’t get time.  Such an interesting situation…too many perimeter players, too few bigs.  What to do?

  • Bob

     Look at the bigs we had last time we made a run: Oberto, Elson, Horry. Couldn’t the front office at least got bigs like that. Splitter is better than Oberto. They really just needed a couple of backup bigs that can defend and hit a jumpshot.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H6OHYSPB4INDLXL5FLYBESTLPQ Craig

    The Spurs need to get Samuel Dalembert in free agency trade blair and a draft pick or something if you can’t just straight up get him.Then we’ll be ready

  • Titletown99030507d

    3rd big man. That’s what we need. Go ahead and glut on the guards and wings we’re going to pay for it…. again.

  • big?

    any likelihood McDyess pulls a Brett Farve and comes out of retirement for half a season?

  • DorieStreet

    OK 48MOH Staff:
    If you are going to date these postings-  be honest about what date you put it up.

    I was online reviewing the 2 or 3 blogs for fellows Saturday morning – the 18th – there was no Corporate Knowledge February 17, 2012 up for people to comment on.

    It’s 2AM eastern standard time on Sunday Feb. 19th–I am looking at my post about the trade deadline I put under ‘Corporate Knowledge February 16th, 2002–and it states I posted it 15 hours ago= 11pm Friday February 17th—-which is about the time I did it.

    If you can’t do a CK every day–that’s ok; but don’t put one up and backdate it like it was there all the while.

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