Brian Butch and Warren Carter will workout with the San Antonio Spurs next week according to Keith Kreiter of Edge Sports International.
They both played four years of collegiate basketball with their respective Big 10 teams and played well enough to garner some NBA interest.
Butch averaged nine points and 5.4 rebounds with Wisconsin including a senior campaign where he averaged 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. He wasn’t particularly efficient as a big man, posting a .532 true shooting percentage through four years, but he provided enough in the traditional big man categories to be competent.
Carter averaged 6.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in four years with Illinois though his final season bested every season from Butch. He averaged 13.7 points and 6.1 rebounds and converted on 48.5% of his shots from the field. He’s since played well overseas with Dexia Mons-Hainaut, averaging eight points and five rebounds per game.
Butch and Carter are the polar opposites, though; Butch is lumbering, slow-footed and his size allows him to score in the post against the majority of his opponents while Carter is agile and athletic. Carter gives up two inches to Butch, which hurts his ability to sustain success in the NBA, but he fulfills a role that is becoming increasingly more important in the NBA.
“While Carter is more intriguing to me, I can see the Spurs possibly brining Butch into training camp because of his college resume and because he was considered a better prep prospect than Chris Paul and want to say what they can get out of him.”
Hat-tip to Michael A. De Leon of Project Spurs.
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