Oct 20, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) drives to the basket past Miami Heat point guard Norris Cole (30) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Spurs Player Power Rankings: Preseason Week 3 Edition

Not much has changed in the San Antonio Spurs hierarchy aside from Kawhi Leonard, whose struggled from the field in preseason, dropping two spots. The departures of Derrick Brown and Eddy Curry were certainly surprising, given the praise heaped upon them for their performance, although they aren’t necessarily necessary components to the roster. Forwards Josh Powell and Wesley Witherspoon moved up solely because of their absence.

[Editor's note: These rankings -- which are a composite of the Air Alamo staff -- reflect current production, unless you happen to be Tony Parker, and does not account for future/likely/unlikely progression. These rankings are updated, accounting for the departures of Brown and Curry yesterday.]

No. Player Prev
1. Tony Parker. Parker played sparingly against the Magic before pining for more playing time against the Heat. Popovich obliged as Parker earned 32 minutes in what amounts to an essential dry run. — Iksan 1
2. Tim Duncan. For the first time all season — which really hasn’t been that long — Duncan tied Parker for first place in our aggregate staff rankings. 2
3. Manu Ginobili. There is nothing more exciting than an entire season worth of Ginobili. You know, if injuries would stop intervening in our joy. 3
4. Danny Green. Started a little slow, but doing well as of late. Green needs to improve his consistency though. — Bendiez 5
5. Stephen Jackson. Stack Jack is a difference maker, and he will be key in San Antonio’s run for a fifth title this season. — Bendiez 6
6. Kawhi Leonard. Easily could see Kawhi climbing up by the rankings by the end of the year. — Bendiez 4
7. DeJuan Blair. Didn’t look too bad in preseason. Let’d pray Pop finds a way to get Blair on the floor with a Spurs team that has so much depth. — Bendiez 7
8. Gary Neal. Say hello to your back-up point guard minutes, Neal. You deserve it. — Iksan 8
9. Boris Diaw. The multi-faceted Diaw has averaged 4.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds in the last three exhibition games. 9
10. Tiago Splitter. Finally playing well which he will need to continue as the Spurs need the third-year center to step up if they are to have any hope to conquer the Lakers and Thunder. — Iksan 11
11. Nando De Colo. De Colo has made 18.2 percent of his 3-pointers in five preseason games, a decidedly non-Manu statistic. 10
12. Cory Joseph. Joseph hasn’t made many mistakes and his perimeter shot isn’t as unreliable. Popovich hinted yesterday in practice that there were “spots” — yes, plural — available for the taking. Could Joseph fill one of these spots? 12
13. Patty Mills. Mills has dominated the ball while he has been on the floor, attempting 14.4 shots per 36 minutes. His shot usage is roughly equivalent to Chris Paul, who attempted 14.7 shots per 36 minutes last season. 16
14. Josh Powell. The 29-year-old journeyman, whose appeared with five teams in six seasons, doesn’t do anything remarkably well. Apparently, he produces enough to warrant consideration for the final roster spot — if, indeed, the Spurs intend to use a full roster at all. 17
15. Matt Bonner. Bonner has yet to make a shot in the preseason. (Please refrain from any and all postseason jokes/quips.) 14
16 Wesley Witherspoon. Witherspoon, 22, offers enough potential — namely in transition and from the perimeter — to warrant consideration for the Austin Toros. 18

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