The Woeful Spurs
Posted by Erik on November 9, 2008
It’s not as if the San Antonio Spurs were doing great while waiting on the recovery of their star SG, Manu Ginobili. It’s not as if Tim Duncan’s in the his prime nor is he a LeBron James, who on sheer talent and athleticism singlehandedly dispatch opposing teams.
After Tony Parker’s monster game where he scored 55 points and chipped in other juicy fantasy numbers, he then sprained his ankle. He is now projected to miss 2-4 weeks of precious NBA and fantasy time.
What’s now left of the carcass, formerly known as the San Antonio Spurs? Well it still has its centerpiece, center Tim Duncan. Can you actually call a centerpiece a “centerpiece” if it’s not at the center of anything to speak of? – Sorry Coach Popps, you’ve really got to work your coaching magic and steal some wins on Tim and lot’s of fans’ prayers.
Aside from the obvious damage Tony Parker’s time missed will cause to his owners, there are several other repurcussions to this turn of events.
Let’s start with the man in the middle. Intuitively, you may assume that Time Duncan will now be great fantasy boon. Please curb your enthusiasm. Yes, he will have some good games as he tries to keep his team above water. You do have to realize, however, that the Spurs’ opponents can simply double, triple, quadruple (this won’t be necessary) team him and shut him down – translating into episodes of poor production and high turnovers. On a more positive note, not all teams have the big man talent to properly contain him; like the Thunder and the Pacers, for example.
Roger Mason will now step out of the shadows of the Spurs bench and be the “number 2” guy for the Spurs. Sadly, number 2 is as far as it will go. I’ll get back to that point. Roger is still young and lacks experience on the floor. He will be there to provide an outside threat and be a target for Tim to kick out the ball when he is doubled. He will gets some dimes on his stat sheet as Tim is always a decent assist target. On the other side of the coin, he will get a ton of turnovers and have erratic shooting from the field as he gets used to his increased role and extended minutes. Pick him up. He is odds are, the best in terms of temporary upside on the wires.
Michael Finley was a former offensive force back in the other Texas team he used to play for, but sadly the operative word here is former. He may have a few brief moments where he will shine as he will be asked to dig deep and come up strong for the team. He will be inconsistent and he should only be picked up in the deepest of leagues and with caution to boot.
The rest of the what’s left: Ime Udoka, Anthony Tolliver, and Matt Bonner will have to step up their games for the Spurs to even hit an above-60 point production every night. Keep your eyes peeled on who turns out like gold (?) – well copper will do for now.