Novak sticking around, Jeffers signed
Transactions galore on Friday morning! First the (somewhat) surprising news. The San Antonio Spurs announced today that the team signed Steve Novak for the remainder of the season. From the official press release:
The San Antonio Spurs today announced they have signed forward Steve Novak for the remainder of the season.Â Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.Â Novak originally joined the Silver and Black on February 8 signing a 10-day contract becoming the eighth call-up of the 2010-11 NBA Development League season.
Novak, a 6-10 forward, has appeared in eight games for the Spurs, averaging 2.5 points in 6.1 minutes per game, while shooting .462 (6-13) from the field and .444 (4-9) from three-point territory.
Novak sticking around for the rest of the year comes as a bit of a surprise. He hasn’t necessarily done anything wrong. He’s played just fine when he’s gotten in games and he’s a friendly locker room guy. It’s just, there doesn’t seem to be much upside with him.
The Spurs often bring in players at the end of the year to take a look at them for next season, but Novak will be 28 in June. He is what he is at this point.
Then again, if you look at the pieces the Spurs have assembled for this year’s team, there’s a different picture emerging. Every player on the Spurs roster has the ability to play at least two positions. Some can play three. The only guy who may play only a single position is Chris Quinn, and even he could probably slide over and act as a spot-up shooter.
And that trend doesn’t change with the Spurs’ latest signing, Othyus Jeffers (man, I’m going have trouble with that name for a while).
The San Antonio Spurs today announced they have signed guard/forward Othyus Jeffers (pronounced oh-THEE-us) from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League to a 10-day contract.Â Jeffers is the 11th call-up of the 2010-11 D-League season.
Jeffers, a 6-5 guard/forward, has appeared in 37 games with the Energy this season, averaging 21.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.95 steals in 38.4 minutes while shooting .480 (276-575) from the field, .295 (13-44) from three-point range and .741 (22-293) from the foul line.Â Heâ€™s led the Energy to a D-League best 30-10 record, reaching double figures in scoring in all 37 games heâ€™s appeared in.Â Jeffers has registered 17 double-doubles on the season, including a 32 point, 18 rebound performance at Tulsa on Nov. 26.
At 6’5″, Jeffers’ size fits him for a shooting guard, but his rebounding ability enables him to play the three. This flexibility lets the team continue to play its system, even when pieces are missing. Tony Parker goes out with an injury and George Hill slides over to play more point guard. To make up for that, James Anderson ends up playing more shooting guard. Gregg Popovich, it seems, likes his team flexible.