Jan 21, 2011; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks center Ronny Turiaf (14) dunks during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT

Ronny Turiaf scouting report


After completing their three team trade with the Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Wizards, the Denver Nuggets have bought out 6’10″ center Ronny Turiaf.

While Turiaf has only played 56 minutes this season with the Wizards, he represents yet another cost effective player that the Spurs could acquire in their pursuit of obtaining optimal frontcourt depth.

Turiaf is a high energy player but, curiously, is also a suspect rebounder compared to his peers. Offensively, he won’t provide anything other than shooting the occasional open midrange jumper or easy putback attempt. Without any volume of attempts and the relative proximity of his attempts, Turiaf is a really efficient scorer (career .571 true shooting percentage).

For all the acclaim Boris Diaw gets for his superior passing ability, Turiaf has also proven to be an adept passer from the high post. His assist rate, sitting at 25.0 currently, has been consistently above average.

Defensively, Turiaf creates a lot of havoc. Again this pertains to his tireless work ethic on the basketball court. He is the rare center that can not only block shots (2.8 per 40 minutes) but also jump into passing lanes and create steals. His defense is not perfect, however. His aggressive nature continually puts him into foul trouble (career average of 5.8 personal fouls per 40 minutes) and that wouldn’t sit well with Pop, whose teams always value defending without fouling.

Signing Turiaf wouldn’t directly lead to more wins but you never know when his services could be necessary. Depth is always important especially when acquiring that depth is relatively cheap. The Spurs have carefully put together one of the most diverse, and successful, benches in the NBA. But the roster isn’t perfect and could always use a cheap fix. Moves like the Patrick Mills signing have the potential to help the Spurs in the long run. If not? Well, we are still one of the best teams in basketball.

Signing Turiaf would provide the same effect. His services aren’t absolutely necessary but, hey, it can’t hurt to see what we have first.

Tags: Boris Diaw Denver Nuggets Los Angeles Clippers Patrick Mills Ronny Turiaf San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker Washington Wizards

  • rtesoro440

    The coming of a viable bacbup center does not come everyday. Turiaf is  a good player and he is long.Instead of signing Dawson or Fisher, why not Turiaf and Mills. In the long haul the spurs will collect dividends.

  • LWM_sucks

     @rtesoro440 Agree completely. Cost effective moves like these are just the kind of moves that can pay dividends in April when injuries arise. I think the Spurs are smart enough to realize this and will quietly put together an incredibly deep roster. I can’t wait. 

  • growndhawgg

    We need Turiaf in order to have Duncan and Splitter on the floor together.

  • LWM_sucks

     @growndhawgg While I like the potential of signing Turiaf, I don’t think he’ll stay on the floor enough to warrant keeping Duncan and Splitter on floor together. He’s not a great defender aside from creating turnovers so, again, I don’t see Pop utilizing more Splitter-Duncan combos until the playoffs.