DeJuan Blair’s Value To The Mavericks

Another week, another DeJuan Blair update, and another chance to take a shot at the San Antonio Spurs.

Now that the first couple of weeks of the 2013-14 NBA season are now in the books, players that are new to their respective teams, are starting to solidify their spots in the rotation and become more familiar with their new teammates and playbook. And that much is true for Blair.

Through eight games thus far, Blair is averaging 8.8 points and 7.9 rebounds in just under 21 minutes a contest, while shooting 56% from the floor. The rebounding and field goal percentage numbers are both on pace to be career bests for the 24-year-old Blair.

Via Rant Sports, Blair mentioned his goal is consistency, while taking a slight jab at the Spurs.

Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure… Everything everybody’s been saying is all fuel to what I’m doing right now and I’m just trying to be consistent.”

Blair also had a similar quote when he was drafted, vowing revenge on the 29 other teams that passed him up because of his lack of ACL's.

As if it wasn't hard enough to root for Blair with his never ending scorned attitude and the fact that he plays for arguably the Spurs biggest rival, but the countless mentions of how the Spurs undervalued him and didn't utilize him to his full potential are tiring.

Currently the Mavericks sit at 5-3, which is just good enough to round out the Western Conference playoff picture, but only time will tell where Blair can lead the Mavericks over the next 74 games.

San Antonio travels to Dallas on December 26th, while Blair's "homecoming" will be on January 8th.

So what do you think, Project Spurs readers? Did the Spurs undervalue Blair or do you think Jeff Ayers has been a better replacement?

About John Diaz

John is a University of Houston student studying journalism and a jack of all trades (but master of none) for the Project Spurs Network. His other titles include managing editor of Spurs on Sixth and associate editor of Texas Redzone Report. You may follow him on Twitter @byjohndiaz.