It became official yesterday that DeJuan Blair will be dawning a Dallas Mavericks jersey next season. Once the news broke, I quickly reached out to the Air Alamo staff to give me their thoughts on Blair. Reflecting on him whether it were his days at Pittsburgh or on draft night.
Senior Staff writer John Diaz and writer Jason Graham laid out the days that they most remember about DeJuan Blair. I too would like to take the time to state what I feel about Blair while on the San Antonio Spurs.
Watching DeJuan dominate while at Pittsburgh, I knew that he would be a guy that one day would possibly dawn a Spurs jersey. I did not think that he would fall as far down as he did during the 2009 draft. There were many issues, mostly to his knees, that made many teams pass Blair the way they did. Low and behold, he fell to the Spurs and frankly, right then, I knew that they were going to select him.
He possessed everything that the Spurs organization is all about. Hard work, giving every possession on the floor your best, and all and all, he had a nose for the ball.
I was extremely excited about Blair coming on. Just like John Diaz, I too remember that rookie sophomore game where Blair went completely bananas dropping 22 points and 23 rebounds.
What I will remember about Blair is that no matter how many minutes he got, he always laid it out on the floor.