Draft Preview: Workout Buzz 1.1 (Updated)
Game rules: don’t read too much into any one name. Every team will workout dozens of players. Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to know who a team is working out, and other times it’s a mystery to all but a few. The Spurs like to hold their cards close to the vest. And, of course, teams often combine workouts. Last summer, the Spurs and Thunder took this approach on at least one occasion. There are, after all, two tin cans connected by a string that runs between San Antonio and Oklahoma City.
Having said that, workout information is far from useless. The obvious thing is the Spurs are not in the business of wasting their time. If they’ve asked a guy in for a workout, it’s because something about him caught their eye.Â But it’s absolutely not because of anything approaching a commitment. They’re just window shopping. Still, had we known the Spurs held two sessions with George Hill prior to the 2008 draft, we might not have been surprised to hear his name at 26.
Something else to note: what positions are being worked out? If a pattern emerges–an inordinate number of point guards, for example–it clues us in to what the Spurs are looking for in the draft and, perhaps, in free agency. But those two things are not always the same. So, if the Spurs workout a bunch of point guards we might expect them to target a different position with their MLE. I’m painting with broad strokes, and using random examples, but I trust that you follow. And, as with the first point, patterns don’t emerge from a vacuum. Always be careful not to assume too much. Variables, people. Variables.
Finally, I would remind you that the Spurs have three second round picks. You’re hoping for the next Manu Ginobili, but you should brace yourself for Viktor Sanikidze.
On Saturday the Spurs will take a look at Jermaine Taylor, a shooting guard from Central Florida.
On Monday they’ll see Courtney Fells, a shooting guard from North Carolina State.
(Thanks to the HoopsHype crew for keeping us up to speed.)
Update:Â Bruno from SpursTalk has harnessed the power of search engines and identified the following auditions:
Nic Wise, PG, Arizona (source)