• Sunday NBA Grades | Pro Basketball Talk
After his career-high tying performance against the Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was bound to turn some heads. In their Sunday NBA Grades, Pro Basketball Talk highlighted Leonard’s performance, giving him an A, and also mentioned Manu Ginobili’s Sixth Man of the Year campaign.
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio needs Leonard to play like this in the postseason — 26 points (tying his career high) on a very efficient 12-of-13 shooting. He also played the most minutes of any Spur (as he will in the playoffs), 29:45. No Spur broke 30 minutes. Part of that is Popovich, part of that is the Spurs have the Grizzlies’ number (it’s a bad playoff matchup this time for Memphis). By the way, Manu Ginobili also had 26 points as his Sixth Man of the Year campaign continues.
• Why the Spurs stay amazing | SB Nation
Tom Ziller presented some infographics and his five reasons on why the Spurs stay amazing even after they’ve been continually counted out. Ziller says the myth that the Spurs are old is really untrue, and instead they just rely on a player that is aging.
A survey of San Antonio’s current roster shows us how the Spurs stay young. Of the 14 players who have logged at least 300 minutes for the silver and black this season, nine of them are in their 20s. (One of those, Nando De Colo, was traded in February.) Two more — Tony Parker and Boris Diaw, who are Nos. 2 and 4 in minutes played, respectively — are just 31. Really, there are only three Spurs well past their age-based primes: Duncan, Manu Ginobili (36) and Matt Bonner (34).
Follow the link for his other four reasons, including the fact that only two Spurs have a below average PER.
• Gaze wants Mills to stick with Spurs | Sportal.com.au
Former Spur Andrew Gaze hopes fellow Aussie Patty Mills will re-sign with the Spurs follwing this season. Mills, who is currently enjoying his best NBA season, becomes an unrestricted free agent when the season ends.
Mills is currently averaging 10.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game and has become Tony Parker’s primary backup after training camp served as a competition between Mills, Cory Joseph and Nando De Colo for the backup spot. Mill’s emergence this season after coming into training camp in better shape, made De Colo expendable as he spent about as much time in an Austin Toros uniform as he did a Spurs uniform.
With Mills’ emergence, his reputation as the ultimate teammate, and his scoring output in under 19 points per game, he’ll likely be getting a lot of attention during free agency, especially with point guard-hungry teams that can promise more minutes and even a starting spot. But Gaze hopes Mills stays loyal to the Spurs this offseason.
“I would like think that he has found himself an unbelievable organisation with one of the all-time great coaches, but having said that I don’t think anyone is going to begrudge him if someone comes out with a godfather offer to at least have the right to consider those other offers if they are on the table.”
David Aldridge said back in February that Mills had no interest in going somewhere else just to play for more money or more minutes/a bigger role. Besides if he leaves the Spurs, who will Mills have to go frogging with, and who will accompany him on his karaoke sessions?
• The Spurs seemingly have control of fountain of youth | Sportskeeda
Sportskeeda, a site I had previously not heard of, has a story on how the Spurs have remained a contender even after their heartbreaking 2013 NBA Finals loss. The site says the Spurs’ success is largely due to Tim Duncan, the Spurs bench and coach Gregg Popovich.
There’s no question that the Spurs are getting up there in age. Soon enough, what Duncan finds routine today – for example, dropping 30 points without blinking an eye – will seem Herculean, and Tony Parker will no longer be able to handle back-to-backs seamlessly. There’s a time in the future when Popovich trades in his suit for a comfortable and well-deserved retirement. A day will come when San Antonio is not a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, for the rest of the NBA though, that day is not today.
• Spurs have the best overall offense in the NBA |Rant Sports
Nathan Grubel of Rant Sports says the Spurs have one of the most efficient offenses in the NBA.. He also highlights Kawhi Leonard, who is shooting 57.2 percent on two-pointers, as a reason why the Spurs offense is improved and why life has become easier for Tony Parker and Tim Duncan.
The Spurs are also loaded with veteran shooters such as Manu Ginobili, Marco Belinelli and Boris Diaw who know how to get to their most effective spots on the court and be ready for the pass and the easy score. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has always been a master of knowing where to put his players on the floor to succeed, as well as teaching his players just how important making the extra pass is. No other team is better at moving the ball in the half court for open looks, which only adds to their reputation as one of the most efficient offenses in the NBA.
The Spurs can put up points in a hurry, as they have been doing all season long. The Grizzlies were just the latest team to fall victim to their offensive barrage.