A quick note on Marcus Denmon
Wanted to post something about the Spurs’ Denmon pick on Friday, but I’ve been in the trenches of moving the last few days and any posting has suffered.
On the surface, the Spurs drafting was somewhere between a “huh?” and an “eh” for me. The thing is, what do you expect the Spurs to do with only the #59 pick in the draft? After the pick was announced, RC Buford said that the Spurs looked into trading up, but felt that there wasn’t anything that they could successfully pull off that would improve the team. The cost was higher than the value, in other words.
2012 is a long way from 1999 an international scouting by NBA teams has improved to the point where the odds of pulling off a Manu Ginobili-style heist late in the second round is damn near impossible. These days, if you’re able to pick a player in the latter half of the second round who spends more than two seasons in the NBA, you’ve hit a homerun.
I wasn’t wild about the Denmon selection; it seems redundant. Personally, I had my eye on Georgetown big man Henry Sims, if only because he measured at 6’10″ with a 7’4″ wingspan at the combine. I would’ve like San Antonio to take a chance on a guy with that size.
Denmon, though, is in the mold of Gary Neal. An undersized 2-guard who can slide over and play point guard in a pinch, though that’s not what you want him for. He’s a scorer, one who should be able to knock down 3-pointers for days on end.
There may be something to the similarities to Gary Neal. As we’ve said before, Neal has a very tradable contract and one that is unguaranteed at that. If for whatever reason the Spurs feel the need to get rid of Neal, there’s the slim possibility that they have a ready-made replacement available.
Again, I wasn’t wild about the Denmon pick, but I’ve been wrong plenty of times before and expect the same in the years to come. I’m pretty okay with it. That late in the draft, if the Spurs draft anyone who sniffs the floor in the NBA, they’ve done a good job.