New Zealand’s Penney invited to training camp

According to 3News in New Zealand, the San Antonio Spurs are bringing in Kirk Penney to fight for a roster spot in training camp.

Kirk PenneyIf that name doesn’t ring a bell, it’s because you didn’t watch the FIBA World Championship.

Simply put, Penney was New Zealand.

The 6-5 Breakers guard averaged 24.7 points in six games and scored 37 points against Lithuania.

Penney’s invitation to training camp isn’t much of a surprise. The Spurs have been working out shooting specialists all summer, and while I may have a beef with the front office’s decision to bring in so many guards, instead of addressing the void at backup small forward, I’ll make an exception for Penney.

Penney can flat out shoot the ball. He may not kill you with athleticism or speed, but if he’s spotted up on the outside or open from mid-range, you’re in trouble.

He made 45.8 percent of his shots from the field during the World Championship and 55 percent of his two-point baskets.

Penney played at the University of Wisconsin, where he formed a dangerous backcourt duo with the New Jersey Nets’ Devin Harris.

His only NBA experience came with the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers in two 10-day contracts, but played with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League in March to prepare himself for the World Championship in Turkey.

I can see Penney playing a role similar to Steve Kerr’s, but he’ll likely be competing with Gary Neal, Curtis Jerrells, Alonzo Gee among others to compete for a roster spot.

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