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The Official San Antonio Spurs 2016-2017!!!

Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Thanks Spurs! I think loss pretty much locks the #1 seed for the Warriors. Seems so unlikely that San Antonio can make up 4 games with just 12 to go against a team with a 63-7 record. Spurs-Thunder matchup in Rd2 could be epic.

Going to be a fun playoffs to watch. Just a note: so much is talked about how the Warriors beat the Spurs in SA in the playoffs but not much is being talked about that the Spurs also beat the Warriors in Oakland during that same series.

Mark Jackson was also still coach and the W's didn't have Iggy or their current bench...so really that series was ages ago & is frankly irrelevant
Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Thanks Spurs! I think loss pretty much locks the #1 seed for the Warriors. Seems so unlikely that San Antonio can make up 4 games with just 12 to go against a team with a 63-7 record. Spurs-Thunder matchup in Rd2 could be epic.

Going to be a fun playoffs to watch. Just a note: so much is talked about how the Warriors beat the Spurs in SA in the playoffs but not much is being talked about that the Spurs also beat the Warriors in Oakland during that same series.

As you would expect. That was a far less talented Warriors team three years ago.
Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Thanks Spurs! I think loss pretty much locks the #1 seed for the Warriors. Seems so unlikely that San Antonio can make up 4 games with just 12 to go against a team with a 63-7 record. Spurs-Thunder matchup in Rd2 could be epic.

Going to be a fun playoffs to watch. Just a note: so much is talked about how the Warriors beat the Spurs in SA in the playoffs but not much is being talked about that the Spurs also beat the Warriors in Oakland during that same series.

would have been a bigger story if the Spurs did NOT beat the warriors at Oracle that series.
Originally posted by 94949er:
Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Thanks Spurs! I think loss pretty much locks the #1 seed for the Warriors. Seems so unlikely that San Antonio can make up 4 games with just 12 to go against a team with a 63-7 record. Spurs-Thunder matchup in Rd2 could be epic.

Going to be a fun playoffs to watch. Just a note: so much is talked about how the Warriors beat the Spurs in SA in the playoffs but not much is being talked about that the Spurs also beat the Warriors in Oakland during that same series.

As you would expect. That was a far less talented Warriors team three years ago.

One could say the Spurs have more talent than then as well.
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Originally posted by Joecool:
One could say the Spurs have more talent than then as well.

Circumstances are still a lot different since we didn't have Kerr back then.
Originally posted by Hopper:
Originally posted by Joecool:
One could say the Spurs have more talent than then as well.

Circumstances are still a lot different since we didn't have Kerr back then.

And we didn't have arguably the best player in the league or Aldridge or West then either. I just have a feeling that the most important player on your team is Green, not Curry. Curry is your best player but Green is the difference from your team being what they are in the past two years and what they were under Mark Jackson. His development has turned you guys from a playoff team to a juggernaut.
[ Edited by Joecool on Mar 23, 2016 at 9:24 AM ]
Come on over to SA LBJ.
#thunderstruck
With the 29th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs have selected Dejounte Murray, a 19-year-old combo guard from the University of Washington.

Murray surprised scouts by declaring after just one season of college ball, but he was productive enough in his freshman year to be drafted. The 6'5" guard averaged 16 points, six rebounds and four assists while showing flashes of potential on both ends. Offensively, he projects to be an attacking point guard who pushes the ball in transition, while his length could allow him to develop into a solid defender in time.

Murray is young and raw, but the tools are there for him to develop into a solid NBA rotation player. He is a very good ball handler already, so he only needs to add strength to be a terror for opponents when he drives to the hoop.
His broad shoulders suggest his frame could sustain some extra weight, which not only would make him a more dangerous scorer, but also a more versatile defender able to take on some shooting guards. He was good at getting steals in college, but playing at just 170 pounds. really limited his ability to make an impact on his own end. Adding some muscle is a must.

Other than working on his body, Murray will need to hone his jumper and decision-making. He shot just 29 percent on three-pointers in college, but pulled the trigger over three timer per game from beyond the arc nonetheless. He only connected on 66 percent of his free throws, which suggests there's a lot of work to be done with his mechanics. If he doesn't develop an outside shot, he will only be able to play on the ball, which would limit his versatility severely.

The good news is he's very young. Not many 19-year-olds are finished products and Murray is no exception. He was clearly drafted on potential and will require patience. He was never supposed to be a one-and-done prospect and up until the middle of his college season, it didn't look like he was going to draw interest from the NBA, according to what his coach, Lorenzo Romar, told The Olympian's Christian Caple:

"Then Dejounte, more toward the middle of the year, you could just see that there was more and more interest from the NBA, all of a sudden they were coming to more of our practices, they were coming to all of our games, they were asking questions, so you could see it was coming."

With another college season under his belt, Murray might have been a lottery pick. That makes him good value this low in the draft, even if there's risk involved in selecting a guard who can't shoot and doesn't have evolved playmaking instincts.

Murray will have the opportunity to continue to develop in a professional setting. If he does, he could become a good rotation player down the line that gets his minutes thanks to his scoring ability, like his mentor Jamal Crawford.
RC Buford on Murray:

As the local media got our first chance to hear from Dejounte Murray, whom the Spurs had just drafted out of Washington with the 29th pick, we heard a familiar voice on the other end wrapping up a congratulatory call to the 19-year-old, a fellow who was a rather notable first-round pick himself as a teenager 13 years ago.

LeBron James.



It turns out that Murray chose Rich Paul to be his agent, so Paul had his most famous client reach out to welcome the youngster into the NBA.

"You might not have felt like you landed where you wanted, but you're going to one of the best organizations in the NBA, man," James relayed to Murray, who fell further down the draft than most people expected.

Understandably, after taking a phone call from the best player on the planet, speaking to a bunch of faceless sportswriters probably felt underwhelming to Murray, especially after he already did a round of interviews in Brooklyn already. In proper Spurs fashion the rook wasn't overly expansive in his answers, sticking mostly to script and saying his best attribute was that he makes his teammates better and that he's looking forward to being coached hard by Pop.

More interesting was Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford, who was nice enough to give us some time as the second round (in which the Spurs had no pick, giving up to the Kings last year for Ray McCallum) was wrapping up.

Here's that Q&A:

So why Dejounte?

RC: We thought he was a pretty good player sitting on the board when we picked. He's young, obviously there isn't a lot of history to make the selection on, but he's a pretty supreme talent and a guy who our expectations were to go a lot higher and as we worked through the draft we were at a point in time where the group we liked was pretty small, and he had been the head of that group for the whole preparation process.



Why do you think he fell down?

RC: I have no idea. They didn't call me, asking who they should pick. But you know, he's young, their team had two really good players on it that were in this draft and we'll get our hands on him here soon. We didn't have him for a workout. They [his camp] had really limited the exposure they had for him so we didn't get him in to get to know him like we might have some other players, but with the age of our team, adding a young kid with some extensive athletic ability and the ability to grow, I don't think there's any expectations that he's going to come in and catch our world on fire, but we like the opportunity to grow.

Where did you interview him?

RC: We actually went into Cleveland and met with him at his agent's office. We flew in to meet with him.

When did you first see him play?

RC: Some of our scouts had seen him prior to when he first went to the University of Washington, but over the course of the year we saw him several times. In the Bahamas, during one of the early-season tournaments, one of our scouts went there, I saw him play a couple of times in the [Pac-12], we had people around that group all the time.

What skills of his stood out to you?

RC: He's an athletic guard. He's pretty good in transition. He needs help finishing and from a shooting standpoint he's gotta get a lot more consistent and disciplined, but this is a developmental piece so we'll get him into our building and we'll know a lot more about him after the summer.

Was point guard a need or was Murray a "best player available" pick?

RC: I don't know that we can go after a need. I think we were searching for talent that we felt fit us that we could help build and grow in our chemistry and our culture and then youth for our group is going to be important as we transition for the future.

Is he a combo guard?

RC: We'll find out. He's got good size for either position.

LeBron called him during our call and said he's going to join the best organization in the world...

RC: LeBron's joining the best organization in the world? We gotta clear some space!

No, LeBron told Dejounte that Dejounte will be joining the best organization in the world...

RC: Oh, thanks for clarifying.

Will he be available to play for Summer League?

RC: We'll have him here with our group soon. We'll have to work through the sequencing of contracts and I would imagine that will have an impact on when we get things done, so if the structure of the rest of our roster will impact our ability to sign a lot of players...

Did you make any calls about moving up?

RC: You make millions of calls and yes those calls were going on over the last 10 days. They get more serious today. This draft was one of the more difficult ones to figure out because there were so many teams ahead of us where we had no clarity who was in control of the pick and what was engaged with it in other places, so, when you had #19 as the third pick for Denver and #22 ended up being a multiple pick for Sacramento, #23 was a multiple pick for Boston, #24 and #26 with Philly, #27 was the second pick for Toronto and #28 ended up being another pick for Sacramento, so those were all changing hands and there were a lot of discussions but at the end of the day there was a very limited number of players that we would've tried to move up for and fortunately one of them came to us.

Good game by Murray.

[ Edited by Joecool on Jun 24, 2016 at 8:15 AM ]
He's only 6' 4 and a half but that 6'9" wingspan really shows when he's guarding the PG or shooting over Centers.
SA may now be the deadliest team inside the 3 point line.

Please get another shooter.
The unholy dead, they just keep staying relevant.



Love the way Duncan went out, no me-me-me farewell tour...just walked away with same class and humility he's always shown.
[ Edited by DelCed2486 on Jul 11, 2016 at 9:57 AM ]
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