San Antonio Spurs: Metta World Peace Worth The Risk?

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Nov 10, 2013; New York, NY, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Aron Baynes (16) drives around New York Knicks small forward Metta World Peace (51) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Spurs won 120-89. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

World Peace’s most noticeable strength is defense; and his defense revolves around his strength.

The 2004 Defensive Player of the Year has gathered plenty of defensive awards throughout his career. He isn’t as good as a lockdown defender as he was earlier in his career, but he’s still tough and aggressive one-on-one.

It’s clear that he still has a fire burning in him to try and win another championship before his retirement, and if he plays for the Spurs, he will have to bring back his superior defensive skill.

According to, World Peace’s desire for a championship goes to particularly extreme lengths:

I honestly didn’t even know who the coach was when I was coming to New York. I just wanted to win a championship; I didn’t even know who was coaching. I didn’t care. It could have been Aunt Jemima. They could have had the syrup coaching. I was coming here regardless. I just wanted to win a championship here.

Another one of World Peace’s strengths is well… strength.

Oct 11, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) runs into New York Knicks forward Metta World Peace (51) who defends at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Knicks 100-91. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

If I had to pick something to compare his strength to, it would probably be a boulder.

World Peace has a 6’7, 260 lb. frame and is certainly not afraid to use it.

His strength allows him to both play and guard multiple positions, and this flexibility would be extremely convenient for San Antonio come playoff time, although his primary purpose would be playing as Kawhi Leonard’s back up.

His strength brings toughness, though the two are different.

“Athletically, they are not as big, fast, strong as a lot of other teams,” said Jeff Van Gundy in an interview with Air Alamo editor Bill Simpson.

World Peace helps San Antonio with that weakness.

He is one of the rare players that is both blessed and cursed with both attributes, but this is what primarily contributes to his still-impressive defense. The Spurs need someone who oozes self confidence to flourish as a tough aggressor off the bench—and that would be World Peace (oh, the irony).

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