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Old 07-22-13, 04:16 PM
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WHO WILL BACK UP PARKER?

The San Antonio Spurs are a team coming off a painful defeat in the NBA Finals and the lack of bench point guard play was one of the team’s glaring issues. The Spurs have several young point guards on the roster but none of them seem to be panning out this off-season.

Who will Back Up Parker?
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Old 07-22-13, 04:41 PM
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(From the article):.........The Spurs are sacrificing a ton of roster space dedicated to the position but without any solid results. They have three players lobbying for the spot, Corey Joseph, Patty Mills, and Nando De Colo. So who among these three will likely take the lead? What are their strengths and weaknesses?.........The San Antonio Spurs have a serious decision to make in training camp in a couple months, because none of their point guards seem ready for the back-up role. They all have some good strengths but way too many weaknesses to their games. Don’t be surprised if the Spurs are eventually ?
I feel the Spurs have some trades going on in the background but have to wait for Oden to make up his mind where he's going to play before they can consummate the deals. Once that happens, I believe 2 of the three (Joseph, Mills, DeColo) will be gone. Which two will probably depend on the trade scenario with the other NBA team(s). I wouldn't be surprised if either or both Bonner/Diaw might find new homes, again after Oden makes his decision.
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Old 07-22-13, 04:50 PM
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Cory Joseph. He has training camp and 82 regular season games to get it right. That should be sufficient time.

Why is the title of this thread in caps?
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Old 07-22-13, 04:51 PM
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i love speculation as much as the next guy, but to think that the Spurs would get rid of Diaw and or Bonner because they sign Oden (which I still predict ain't gonna happen) makes no sense at all.

At best he could give what maybe 5 minutes a night for the first 20 games until his reconstructed knees break again? Diaw can give 20-25 minutes, Regular season Bonner can give 20 minutes, no way the FO brings him in to play any kind of even remotely significant minute role.

The backup PG for the Spurs next season will be Cory Joseph, followed by Patty.

I do think Nando is destined for somewhere else, he just hasn't been able to improve his game enough, he struggled in the summer league against scrubs.
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Old 07-22-13, 05:22 PM
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i love speculation as much as the next guy, but to think that the Spurs would get rid of Diaw and or Bonner because they sign Oden (which I still predict ain't gonna happen) makes no sense at all........
During these trying times of free agency and the season of pick and choose, that’s about all we can do – speculate, because we all know that neither Pop nor RC will tell us a damn thing about their intentions. They play their cards too close to the vest and when they do announce an acquisition, it’s usually someone we least expect to be the new Spur. And I have to agree with you, the more I read articles on sports websites, the more I think Oden will probably fly right over SA and sign with Miami. But I still think the Spurs feel they might have an outside chance, at least.

To tell you the truth, I like both Diaw and Bonner but I keep remembering something RC constantly says in interviews, and I’ll paraphrase, if we can find someone who fits the Spurs prerequisites and can improve the team, we’ll try to acquire them. I don’t think the Spurs would cut Diaw or Bonner loose if they did acquire Oden, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a player out there that fits the Spurs FO mold and it might take either Bonner and/or Diaw to fill in our side of the trade.

I thought Dwight Howard would create a lot of drama and draw out his decision for a long period but his quick decision of Houston surprised me. On the other hand, Oden and his people are playing this for what it’s worth. I think we should employ a 24-hour clock and speed up the game.
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Old 07-22-13, 05:22 PM
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i love speculation as much as the next guy, but to think that the Spurs would get rid of Diaw and or Bonner because they sign Oden (which I still predict ain't gonna happen) makes no sense at all.

At best he could give what maybe 5 minutes a night for the first 20 games until his reconstructed knees break again? Diaw can give 20-25 minutes, Regular season Bonner can give 20 minutes, no way the FO brings him in to play any kind of even remotely significant minute role.

The backup PG for the Spurs next season will be Cory Joseph, followed by Patty.

I do think Nando is destined for somewhere else, he just hasn't been able to improve his game enough, he struggled in the summer league against scrubs.
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Diaw isn't going anywhere. He has way too much versatility that fits and enhances the Spurs system to a T and that's hard to find. I don't think that Oden comes to the Spurs either. I can see the Spurs unloading guards but I doubt that they would get much in return for them other than draft picks or cash. A serviceable player for the rotation seems highly unlikely.

It seems likely to me that the Spurs trim the roster to 14 and take a wait and see approach to see how their opponents are stacking up and how their rotations are working with 2 new faces during the regular season up until the trade deadline.
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Old 07-22-13, 07:25 PM
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I agree that back up point guard will be Joseph then Mills. De Colo seems to be odd man out. Bonner and Diaw are not going anywhere.
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Old 07-22-13, 07:29 PM
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Even though I think Cory is the back up this season, I think Denmon may be a future PG for the Spurs. I doubt that Cory can match his athleticism or what seems to be natural instincts on the court.
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Old 07-22-13, 11:03 PM
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Cory has the job but I dot think he can get it done...not a bad kid and I actually like his game but I just don't see it being enough to really help....only time will tell
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Even though I think Cory is the back up this season, I think Denmon may be a future PG for the Spurs. I doubt that Cory can match his athleticism or what seems to be natural instincts on the court.
Denmon is not a point guard even though the Spurs played him a lot there this summer. He is like Neal. A two guard in a point guard's body.
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Old 07-23-13, 03:31 AM
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Cory Joseph. He has training camp and 82 regular season games to get it right. That should be sufficient time.

Why is the title of this thread in caps?
As much as I hate to say it, this is the Spurs way. Every year, fans think of extravagant trades/signings only to be disappointed. I don't see them doing much in the trade market but just playing it by ear till midseason and then revisiting if they need to upgrade at the backup pg position. To a degree it's smart because the Spurs have already invested money in the position so they want to see if who they have pan out before jumping the gun since it is a long season. However, many of us just don't see the current two possibilities panning out. Time will tell.

What I wish they would do is try and sign Mo Williams or another vet PG who the team can be almost as effective as TP and confident during crunch time. If healthy, I would have loved for the Spurs to get Billups, but obviously... no longer an option.
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Old 07-25-13, 01:19 AM
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I am actually starting to get worried about who will indeed back up TP9!!!!

Not feeling 100% confident in any of the current mentioned players Joseph, Nando, or Mills. All of those are not truly qualified enough to back up TP in my opinion.

Honestly I still can't believe how HUGE this item was on the Spurs FO agenda this off season after TP got that Hammy injury in the Finals that caused us to eventually lose that series.

There must be a way to figure out something or do a sign and trade for someone on the Spurs roster that could give us a back up PG.

Let's all hope a Vet will fall in our Spurs FO lap to play that role sometime before the trade deadline.

Unfortunately it is what it is now. We might play that back up PG by committee!!! Or ride that HORSE TP all the way to the end! :shocked
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Old 07-25-13, 10:57 AM
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Just so long as it is not Neal, good 2 guard not so as point guard.
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Old 07-28-13, 09:08 AM
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With a full season backing up TP, IMHO Cojo will do just fine IF they make the playoffs, and they should providing they remain healthy. His defense is pretty good already and has shown in flashes that he has an offense too.
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Old 07-28-13, 10:44 AM
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DeColo and or Joseph will be and do just fine. They just need to work on their consistent outside shot. Practice!
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