Found July 22, 2013 on
The start of the Summer League wasn’t ideal for San Antonio Spurs big man Aron Baynes. He had a disappointing first game and needed to bounce back in the following games in order to show the improvement he has made this offseason.
Baynes did just that by averaging 12 points and 10.5 rebounds per game over his 4 games in Las Vegas. His individual post defense on Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas, who was touted as the best big man in the Summer League, was better than anyone else who was matched up with him over this week. Baynes effectively established his size inside against other teams’ big men. He was a force on the inside and continually crashed the offensive glass.
People were finally able to see the full array of offensive moves that Baynes has in his arsenal. When given the chance to work in the post, Baynes showed his ability to finish with both right and left hooks.
It’s rare to see a big man who is actually comfortable finishing with either hand, especially when being guarded tightly in the post. Baynes showed his ability to step out and shoot the open 15 footer when given space and also showed his aggressiveness by strongly finishing anything around rim.
His performance may not translate into an actual NBA game, but Baynes has showed progress. If he can crack the rotation, a steady dose of playing time might make him an effective big off the bench. Baynes showed he has the skill to compete once he became comfortable with his time on the court this summer. If he can show the ability to be effective inside with minimal minutes, that will be the key to staying in the rotation.
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After their final Las Vegas Summer League game versus the San Antonio Spurs, the Summer League’s MVP the Raptors Jonas Valanciunas took a moment to speak about his former teammate Aron Baynes.
Valanciunas stated he played the same physicality as when they were teammates. He took a moment to praise his low post game.
Baynes pulled down 15 rebounds versus the...
According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, the San Antonio Spurs are expected to withdraw their qualifying offer to 28-year-old point guard, Gary Neal, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Neal averaged 9.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 22 minutes off of the bench for San Antonio this season – also contributing 6.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 21 postseason games before...
In his 12 years in the NBA, San Antonio Spurs has rarely dunked in a game. His most memorable dunk was versus Houston early in his NBA career but since then, Parker finishing at the rim has been a rare sight on the court.
Parker is usually the one setting up players for alley oop dunks but this time, he was on the receiving end. TP hosted a celebrity all-star...
The Gary Neal roller coaster continues.
According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the San Antonio Spurs will withdraw Neal's $1.11 million qualifying offer, emboldening the 28-year-old gunner to entertain the unrestricted free agent market.
Stein also tweeted that Neal will likely be "snapped" up quick by another team, given his shooting outburst...
The San Antonio Spurs’ selection of Missouri guard Marcus Denmon at the end of the second round of last year’s NBA Draft was a bit of a head scratcher, especially considering the abundance of guards the Spurs already had on the roster.
However, with a a late second round pick, the chances of landing on an NBA team, even the one that drafted you, are slim.
Ryan Richards is the pure definition of potential. If any other NBA team had their hands on him they would be salivating at the thought of what he could bring this season. Most teams would have him on their roster just because well, that’s what other teams do. They make their decisions based on potential.
We all know the San Antonio Spurs take their time when it comes to prospects...
Deshaun Thomas' chances at making the San Antonio Spurs' final roster is admittedly slim. Don't feel sorry for him, though. He knew what he was getting into.
In five Summer League games, a tiny sample size, Thomas flashed a potent perimeter shot, especially in the pick-and-pop, and advanced basketball acuity, albeit against inferior competition.
Cory Joseph has been added to Canada's roster for the FIBA Americas tournament in Venezuela next month.
Joseph competed in the Vegas Summer League this month with the San Antonio Spurs.
Add guard Cory Joseph to the list of San Antonio Spurs players hitting the hardwood for their home country this summer. Cory will be playing for Team Canada this summer at the FIBA Americas tournament in Caracas, Venezuela this August.
"I'm very motivated to help my country get a great performance in Caracas." - @Cory_Joe on the @fibaamericas Championship #RedWhiteandProud...
San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph has had quite the journey since being drafted out of the University of Texas with the 29th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft.
He left Austin for San Antonio, just to go back to Austin a few more times to get some much needed time developing with the Austin Toros.
Then, towards the end of last season and entering the postseason, Joseph...
The San Antonio Spurs will withdraw their qualifying offer to Gary Neal.
Neal had been a restricted free agent, but will now become an unrestricted free agent.
The San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder will likely always be rivals as long as both clubs remain atop the Western Conference. The Spurs and Thunder have always jockeyed for position at the top of the conference.
Aside from that, losing to the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals two years ago kept the Spurs motivated throughout the season, and it provides enough...
Now that the 2013 Vegas Summer League is over, it will be some time before San Antonio Spurs basketball is available to to watch. However, Nando De Colo and Aron Baynes did hook up for a nice highlight in Vegas versus the Hawks.
In the third quarter against Atlanta, Nando found a streaking Baynes for the "and 1" off a nice pass. Hopefully, this chemistry translates...