Found August 31, 2012 on
One of the knocks on the San Antonio Spurs has been, aside from the old thing, is that they lack athletes. While you could go back and forth on the age thing, the lack of athletes is nearly indisputable. The athletes they had, namely someone like Ian Mahimni, couldn't get off the bench for one reason or another. Last season they didn't have one player who would be described as athletic.
That could be changing. Thursday, news came out that the Spurs were inviting Summer League Spur Tyler Wilkerson and are working out former Charlotte Bobcat Derrick Brown. Two undersized power forwards who are definitely athletes. Both are what many Spurs fans hoped DeJuan Blair would turn in to. Both guys, while undersized, posses some shooting skill and use their quickness to beat their opponents of the dribble. Scott Schroeder had this to say about Wikerson back in July during the Las Vegas Summer League, where Wilkerson started three of the Spurs' five games.
"Wilkerson showed to be an interesting NBA prospect in Vegas as he showed a strong motor in attacking the offensive glass as well as being a decent spot up shooter for his size. He doesn't seem to be able to do much with his back to the basket, but the Spurs have shown a knack for being okay with face-up forwards - especially if they're able to contribute on the glass as Wilkerson did in Vegas."
Wilkerson was able to score 20 points and nine rebounds against the Lakers Summer League squad, though the Lakers Summer League squad was really bad. But it's encouraging that Wilkerson showed both a willingness and an ability to put the ball in the basket.
Brown has also shown some offensive versatility and has a couple of skills that would fit well in the Spurs system. According to NBA Advanced Stats, Brown shot 66 percent in the restricted area, which is incredibly good when you consider Brown's size. He also shot 40 percent from mid-range which is good for the floor spacing. Another interesting note: Brown shot 30 percent from the corner three (granted he only took 20 attempts). If you can shoot 30 percent from the corner in the Bobcats' screwy system, you can shoot at least 35 percent in the Spurs' floor spacing system, right?
The larger point here is that the Spurs may have found something in last June's loss to the Thunder. They may not have had the ideal personnel for it, but going small ball with only one big on the court may be the best way to combat the size of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers is to spread the floor and outrun them. Sounds a little 2004-2009 Phoenix Suns-ish, but in the short term it may be the best solution. Both are young, can play multiple positions and their athleticism would bring some athleticism to a team that sorely needs it.
And by athleticism, I mean hops like this from Wilkerson who decided to humiliate Hasheem Thabeet at the '12 Summer League. Just sick!
BEST OF MAXIM
Another former Charlotte Bobcat could be on his way to joining Boris Diaw in San Antonio Spurs training camp.
Unfortunately for Spurs fans and a majority of the Project Spurs staff, that player is not Tyrus Thomas.
Instead, the Spurs are scheduled to be working out Bobcats 2009 second round pick and small forward Derrick Brown, according to csnnw.com.
CALL HIM THE PAINTER
Let's review: San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili has won three NBA titles, Olympic medals, is considered one of the best guards in the league, and is a lock for the Basketball Hall of Fame. So what more can he do to impress?
How about painter?
OK so maybe he isn't the next Rembrandt or Picasso but Ginobili recently put the finishing touches on his self-portrait for UNICEF...
What could be one of the last things San Antonio Spurs fans and coaching staff would want to know what franchise player Tim Duncan has been doing in the offseason? How about knowing he has been taking in and participating in drag racing. You know, sitting in a car built for speed and increasing the chances of some freak accident causing injury.
But that risk won't stop...
Any reporter that’s been in a press conference with San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich is always a little scared that their question is going to get thrown back in their face and they’ll be the laughingstock of the day (even if it’s a legitimate question). So sometimes it’s best to just ask Pop questions through email.
Pop took some time to answer some mail from...
Gregg Popovich is arguably the best coach in the NBA, along with being a personal favorite of mine, and his coaching ability with the San Antonio Spurs is simply amazing. Although, Tim Duncan is at an advanced aged, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are aging as well, but the Spurs are a playoff fixture. [...]
The San Antonio Spurs need size. Aside from Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter, the team doesn't have much to contend with the likes of big teams like the Lakers, Grizzlies and Thunder.
So far during the offseason, the Spurs seemed to have stocked up on guards but not much as far as help in the frontcourt - much to the chagrin of Spurs fans.
However, once the offseason...
From French fast food restaurants, acting like James Bond to fancy watches, there isn't much San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker won't lend his face to promote some product. And now it seems we got a new entry in the world of TP promotions.
Parker is now part of the BetClic team which is a French online betting site and according to TP, nothing beats playing online...
The New York City nightclub where the Spurs’ Tony Parker got his eye cut during a fight between rappers Chris Brown and Drake isn’t just going to take Parker’s $20 million lawsuit lying down.
Lawyers for W.i.P. nightclub say that the fight between Drake and Brown was an “unforeseen and unexpected incident” and they shouldn’t be held responsible if two guys want...
San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich is known for his passion for wine. He makes it known and even made his own wine.
But is Tony Parker about to take up the hobby and become a wine connoisseur himself? Maybe seeing how he found himself alone surrounded by barrels of chevel blanc. I guess there's worse places TP or anyone else can find themselves at. Check it out.
In this episode of the Spurscast, which pretty much marks six weeks since we last published a show, we reward you for your patience with a 91-minute show that strayed beyond the normal San Antonio Spurs news.
Among the things we talked about:
• My knowledge (or lack of) Star Wars.
• James Anderson invited to Hawks vet camp
• The Spurs latest invites to their...
Heading into the 2012 Olympics, the French National team was considered one of the better teams in the field. With players like Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum, Ronny Turiaf, Nando De Colo, and more on the roster, France was seen as a challenge to the top-tier teams.
However, France was beset with an injury to Joakim Noah, and Rodrigue Beaubois and Ian Mahinmi not suiting up, France...
We are inching ever so closer to the kick off of the San Antonio Spurs training camp which means the team will be filling in their camp roster or keeping an eye out for undiscovered talent.
According to Hoops Hype, the Spurs will workout former Dallas Mavericks forward Rayshawn Terry.
Terry is 6-8, 232 lbs. and recently played in Ukraine for BC Khimik of the Ukrainian...
Forward Tyler Wilkerson had a solid performance at the 2012 NBA Summer League for the San Antonio Spurs averaging 9.3 points, and 5.0 rebounds and it seems he caught the eyes of the Spurs coaching staff.
Wilkerson has turned down an offer to play for Spain of the ACB league and will take part in the Spurs veteran camp where he hopes to impress and land a spot on the bench...
The Spurs will bring in Brian Butch and Warren Carter next week for a workout.
The Olympics may be done but that hasn't stopped San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph and Team Canada from preparing to qualify for the 2016 Rio Games.
And with Steve Nash leading the charge for Canada by setting up a summer training camp to build team unity, the Canadians have a good shot at chasing an Olympic medal in four years.
Aside from Joseph, other NBA players...