April 13, 2011; Charlotte, NC, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Powell (12) drives past Charlotte Bobcats forward DJ White (8) while playing in the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

Spurs Player Power Rankings: Preseason Week 1 Edition


In our second installment of power rankings, Air Alamo staff writer MF Iksan joined us to offer his take. These rankings are a composite of mine and Iksan’s rankings so there is the occasional discrepancy in opinion. This week’s biggest riser was Josh Powell, who jumped from 19th to 12th. Patty Mills dropped from 11th to 16th, marking the biggest drop of the week. Enjoy and discuss in the comments.

No. Player Prev
1. Tony Parker. Parker has indicated that the Spurs will attempt to embody the “nasty” moniker from last year’s Western Conference Finals. No more, Mr. Nice San Antonio. 1
2. Tim Duncan. The 16-year veteran looks spry and able to shoulder the majority of the defensive workload. 2
3. Manu Ginobili. Ginobili scored 11 points in 13 minutes against Montespaschi Siena. He remains the straw that stirs the drink for the Spurs. — Iksan 3
4. Kawhi Leonard. Leonard dunks a lot which is almost as fun as watching him develop into a potent perimeter shooter and athletic specimen. 4
5. Danny Green. Green earned eight minutes in the first preseason game but his starting job is essentially locked — barring the Spurs trading for Eric Gordon or something. 6
6. Stephen Jackson. Jackson knocked down his only shot attempt, while creating six free throw attempts due to his aggression. 8
7. Boris Diaw. Diaw will continue to start at power forward — unless he doesn’t stay in shape — and offer flexibility on offense. — Iksan 7
8. Gary Neal. Playing pretty well in his campaign for the back-up point guard position. Neal provided instant offense off the bench, as evidenced by his 11 points in 18 minutes against Siena. — Iksan 10
9. Tiago Splitter. Splitter dropped four spots primarily because of nagging back spasms that sidelined him for the first week of training camp. 5
10. DeJuan Blair. Diaw is the incumbent power forward but Blair — his obvious flaws aside — has had success alongside Duncan in the starting lineup. Starting Blair could give the savvy Spurs front office a chance to test the trade market in the interim. 12
11. Matt Bonner.  When Bonner knocked down an open 3-pointer in the Spurs’ intrasquad scrimmage on Wednesday, a fan next to me quipped that he should have done that in the playoffs. Bonner is averaging 3.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 37.3% shooting through six postseasons with the Spurs. 9
12. Josh Powell. Aside from Diaw and Duncan, Powell is the only big that can step out and knock down the 16-foot jumper. He is not exactly Dirk Nowitzki but he is efficient enough to draw defenders away from more potent offensive options. 19
13. Cory Joseph. Joseph is developing at an accelerated rate. 16
14. Nando De Colo. With a knack to find the open man combined with good court vision, De Colo is becoming a fan favorite. Needs to work on his shooting, though. — Iksan 13
15. Eddy Curry. Seven points and two rebounds in nine minutes of playing time, but he also committed two fouls. Still need to get in shape a little bit, but you can’t teach height. — Iksan 15
16. Patty Mills. With back-up point guard hopefuls Neal and Joseph playing well against Siena, Mills needs to step up his game to secure minutes this season. — Iksan 11
17. Derrick Brown. As of late, Brown has not done enough to persuade the Spurs to keep him over Curry and Powell. 14
18 Tyler Wilkerson. Still playing hard as always, but with just three minutes against Siena, it’s hard to judge his position yet. — Iksan 17
19. Wesley Witherspoon. Fresh of his senior season at the University of Memphis, it is going to take a bunch of fortuitous bounces for him to stick with the Spurs long-term. 18

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