by Andrew McNeill
Denmon is a 6’3″ guard from Missouri. That’s about all the information I have on him right now. Here’s his DraftExpress profile. Here is his Twitter feed. Get to know him before summer league.
spurs have the most success on their drafts compared with the rest of the league
The early rumors reports don’t favor Spurs. And in reading some of these reports…http://www.hoopsrumors.com/ it’s obvious it’s a young man’s game. Many of the top individuals in free agency are talking to and hoping to land with teams that have younger more “athlectic” pieces to the puzzle than what the Spurs currently have on their roster now.
Not meaning to be depressive but…it is what it is. Can the Spurs perform magic this free agency?
Go Spurs Go!!!
@STIJL: Thanks for the link. Looks like quite a few players are fielding offers from 2-3 teams, and some deals are getting done today. I guess priority one for the Spurs is to get Tim’s contract worked out, then maybe see if Blair can be traded -by himself or with others- so room can be made for at least Lorbek to come over. Is Green going out the door, and is Diaw staying?
Stop it don’t be a laker fan
Most guys don’t come over immediately for two reasons – they’re either not ready (Manu) or they have contract issues (Splitter). Splitter would have been drafted in 2006 or much earlier in 2007 if his contract status wasn’t in doubt. He was a top 15 talent in both drafts….and we got him with the 28th pick.
The fact is, the FO drafted what turned out to be the 2nd best player left on the board. So what if it took him 3 seasons to come over – nearly everyone else picked after Splitter would have been out of the league at that point anyway.
Contract issues should be ironed out ASAP after the draft so delays due to compensating a player’s overseas pro team. And again, Tyler, I am referring to frontcourt personnel. Waited 3 years for Mahinmi, then 3 years for Splitter. Meanwhile Tim and Manu got older and their abilities started to wane and injuries started to mount- and the team started the slide from a champion in ’07 to 1st and 2nd round exits due to delay in shoring up frontcourt personnel (rebounding & defense mainly) to compete for a 5th (6th possibly) before this season. But I need to cease this back and forth with you–stating that Splitter turned out to be the 2nd best player left on the board–what are you smoking? Glenn Davis, Marc Gasol, Carl Landry—most pundits and fans would rate their NBA careers to date in higher regard than Splitter’s. Bye.
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It should be pointed out that of all the bigs drafted after the Spurs’ first pick in all the drafts since 1997, only 1 has made an All-Star Game: Marc Gasol. The next best bigs on this list: Boozer, Varejao, Gortat, Okur, Bonner, Nazr Mohammed. That’s not exactly a Who’s Who of NBA big men. Besides, all these guys were drafted in the second round, meaning every single NBA team passed on them at least once. Drafting a rotation quality big at the end of the first and in the second round is something like a 5% chance.
Splitter wasn’t a draft and stash player. He was NBA ready. However, he was getting paid 8 times the NBA rookie salary scale in Spain, so he chose to stay there and get paid. Plus, as reported by our own Timothy Varner, Tiago wanted to stay near his dying sister while she had leukemia treatments in Spain. Tiago signed with the Spurs as soon as the rookie salary scale ended for him.
You honestly think Carl Landry and Glen Davis are better, more valuable than Splitter?!?!?!
If RC offered Splitter for either, both Demps and Hennigan would say “YES!!!” before RC could finish…..Splitter is simply a better player.
Boozer made 2 All-Star teams. But the point still stands.
i believe that the point is this: although splitter looks the part of a better player, seems smarter, and by all accounts is a great character guy, to this point in their careers, and because of the lengths of them, landry and davis have far outproduced splitter (also owing to his injuries, which you can’t dismiss either).
fine, but who said we need an all-star? if you can find a serviceable big with some length, upside, and ability to play d, who cares if he makes the all-star team (which i have problems with anyway since selections are ridiculous). i feel like you can find that in the second round if you’re doing everything possible, especially in a draft as deep as this year’s.
for an organization as good as ours, with the support, structure, and commitment that we make, i can’t help but think that many flameouts from other teams would’ve blossomed with the spurs. remember that those bigs selected in the 2nd, or heck even 1st, that don’t work out might’ve suffered, not from a lack of skill or potential or even effort, but from situation. we have no further to look than danny green for that lesson.
and that is why i was championing picking sims that late. i like denmon as a player. he seems like a standup guy, is insanely efficient, and could definitely make the team. BUT we desperately need size, and if you don’t take a flyer on size that late in a draft that heavy with bigs, what are we doing?
from draftexpress, about the PIT:
“A key cog alongside Kyle O’Quinn, Henry Sims was a presence on both ends of the floor as well, playing with terrific energy. Though Sims is certainly not an elite athlete or a finished product offensively, he made the most of his 7’4 wingspan and impressive frame, blocking a number of shots, pursuing the ball off the rim aggressively, and finishing around the basket. Struggling to rebound the ball at a high level as a senior, Sims’s effort-level was a positive here, as he made an effort to go after caroms that he did not seem intent on chasing as a Hoya. Sims did not consistently knock down his jump shots, but he did show the same unique passing ability we saw from him at Georgetown. His high basketball IQ made him a terrific complement to the players around him here, and at 6’10 with a strong frame and excellent length, his budding skill-level stood out among some of the other big men in attendance, particularly when considering he was one of the youngest players in attendance.”
again, length, strength, high bball iq and a willing passer. are those not specific things we need?
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