Spurs Player Power Rankings: Training Camp Edition

Now that training camp has began and the roster is announced, I will be ranking the entire Spurs roster weekly for your reading pleasure. Let me know in the comments if you disagree with my assessments.

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1. Tony Parker. Led the Spurs in minutes, usage rate and attempts per game, indicating that he is officially the No. 1 option on offense. N/A
2. Tim Duncan. The Spurs allowed 6.1 points per 100 possessions less with Duncan on the floor last season. Duncan’s immediate sphere of influence, the interior, was also more protected as opposing teams converted on 57% of attempts inside the paint compared to 55% with Duncan on the floor. N/A
3. Manu Ginobili. Had Ginobili played every minute (implausible, I know) the Spurs likely would have won their fifth championship. With Ginobili, San Antonio outscored the opposition by 16.1 points per 100 possessions while shooting 51.8% as a team. N/A
4. Kawhi Leonard. Leonard finished seventh on the team in PER. But as Gregg Popovich alluded to yesterday, he will have a more pronounced role this season. N/A
5. Tiago Splitter. Turned the ball over a ton last season — only Boris Diaw and Stephen Jackson were worse and they hadn’t played an entire season in San Antonio. He still produced 117 points per 100 possessions, according to Basketball Reference, but it would be nice to see a downtick in turnovers. N/A
6. Danny Green. Another season in an offense that perfectly complements his skills? Yes please. N/A
7. Boris Diaw. In a limited sample size, the Spurs converted on 46% on mid-range attempts with Diaw on the floor. Perhaps it was just hot shooting or perhaps Diaw’s passing is making it easier for his teammates. I’m inclined to believe the latter. N/A
8. Stephen Jackson. Leads the team in street cred, while playing multiple positions with a ton of intensity. Also, he is not wack. N/A
9. Matt Bonner. He was the least effective Spur in the playoffs in terms of PER — a recurring trend that has many fans vying for a trade this season. N/A
10. Gary Neal. While it didn’t necessarily feel like it, Neal maintained the success he found in his rookie season. N/A
11. Patty Mills.  The favorite to earn the backup point guard role will finally have a decent chance at translating his international success to the NBA. N/A
12. DeJuan Blair. Blair isn’t too happy with his limited role if his media day interview gave any indication. But before he pouts about his role, he needs to address his declining rebounding rate. N/A
13. Nando De Colo. De Colo is just about guaranteed a roster spot but he isn’t guaranteed minutes as of yet. N/A
14. Derrick Brown. The 6-foot-7 forward has converted on more than 50% of his attempts in his three year career. N/A
15. Eddy Curry. Bringing Curry in for training camp isn’t good nor is it bad. There is no risk and maybe the Spurs can unearth a talented seven-footer for cheap. N/A
16. Cory Joseph. Experience in the Spurs’ system gives him an inestimable edge. N/A
17. Tyler Wilkerson. Undersized but he brings a lot of energy to the table. N/A
18 Wesley Witherspoon. Spurs training camp will be his first taste of the NBA after averaging 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in his senior year at Memphis. N/A
19. Josh Powell. Strangely, Powell has only one less championship than Parker or Ginobili. N/A
20. Sherron Collins. Limited NBA experience. Very undersized. N/A

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