Originally Posted by TRUTH
I don't think that's a fair assessment. Duncan was still the centerpiece of the Spurs in the Horry and Oberto championship runs. He was still dominant enough not to need an impact player behind him and carried most of the load for the team. Now that he isn't that dominant force, he needs someone to help with his deficiencies in the paint. Splitter is a decent player, but the Spurs still need a bigger defensive presence alongside Duncan. I'm not angry about the deal, just really hope that there's more to come.
I agree, Duncan needs help. But there are not too many options in market. If you're going to bring Millsap or Al-Jeff, you're going to force Duncan to defend the best big man of your opponent. Duncan's feet are not fast as 10 years ago and you need to bring a guy who can defend the pick&roll. Millsap is not that kind of guy and Al-Jeff is worse. Josh Smith? He's just a better and much expensive version of Millsap.
So what was the candidate of you in that spot?