May 19, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) and San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) go for a rebound during the first half of game three of the Western Conference semi finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE
Cory JosephAverages: 17 points, 5.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 47.8 FG%, 40.0 3P%, 83.3 FT%, 56.7 TS%
Quick take: Joseph was absolutely phenomenal in five games as he exhibited an encouraging scoring prowess and a decent grasp of the point guard position. He took over for Leonard and, while the team lost three consecutive games, he looked comfortable and his performance didn’t deviate much. CoJo still has some considerable room for improvement but, as I wrote yesterday, he bought himself time.
What to expect: A training camp invite and potentially some time with San Antonio. The depth of the Spurs’ backcourt likely means Joseph will spend another developmental season in Austin — which isn’t so bad considering he’s only 20.
James AndersonAverages: 10.6 points, five rebounds, two assists, 42.9 FG%, 50.0 3P%, 84.6 FT%, 55.5 TS%
Quick take: With a roster spot hanging in the balance, Anderson didn’t do too much to warrant attention from NBA teams. Injuries have riddled his transient career and sapped his effectiveness so you’d expect Anderson to play well against inferior competition — especially since, you know, he’s not injured. That didn’t materialize. I’m sure someone will find his services worthwhile, he did flash some scoring chops, but it won’t be in a significant role.
What to expect: Potentially a NBA roster spot but not a significant role. If he doesn’t attract a NBA team, he’d be a decent fit for a number of European teams. This is obvious but Anderson will not be a fixture with San Antonio this season.
Eric DawsonAverages: seven points, 6.8 rebounds, one assist, 53.1 FG%, 33.3 FT%, 52.5 TS%
Quick take: Dawson isn’t much more than a physical body. He’s a tough rebounder which stems from his energy and ability to carve out space for a rebound. His range tentatively stretches to 15-feet but he isn’t too reliable from that distance. He’s not a legitimate pick-and-roll threat either because he seems to consistently mistime his cut to the rim. Not particularly agile.
What to expect: Training camp invite. He could make the roster as the 15th man on a series of 10-day contracts.
Tyler WilkersonAverages: 9.3 points, five rebounds, 0.5 assists, 75.0 FG%, 43.8 FT%, 68.4 TS%
Quick take: He flashed a nice mid-range jumper in addition to a half-decent post game. Wilkerson also excelled as an offensive rebounder. His skill set isn’t something that will allow him to be a permanent fixture of the Spurs but he separated himself from the majority of his peers fighting for a roster spot.
What to expect: See Dawson, Eric.
Marcus DenmonAverages: 5.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 37.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%, 43.0 TS%
Quick take: The Spurs’ lone 2012 draft pick didn’t play much in Vegas — for reference, he averaged less minutes per game than L.D. Williams. The gist of Denmon’s brief showing was that he isn’t near becoming a capable point guard. He’s pretty one-dimensional on the pick-and-roll and traps are his kryptonite. Even though he only shot 25% from behind the arc, we know he can shoot.
What to expect: Training camp invite. The only scenario I envision for Denmon is an entire year in Austin. Denmon is also receiving interest from French squad Elan Chalon should he decide to forgo that opportunity.
Kawhi LeonardAverages: 25 points, six rebounds, three assists, 47.2 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 73.7 FT%, 56.4 TS%
Quick take: In short: Leonard is really, really good. Slightly longer explanation: He was a couple hundred notches ahead of the competition and he dominated as expected. He was in control and showed an encouraging ability to orchestrate the pick-and-roll.
What to expect: Spurs starting lineup. He should be benefit from some continuity and a second-year breakout wouldn’t be surprising at all.
Luke ZellerAverages: 6.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 38.1 FG%, 44.4 3P%, 47.6 TS%
Quick take: Zeller literally cannot do anything but shoot 3-pointers. His game does bring some to mention Matt Bonner but, to Bonner’s credit, he has consistently posted elite numbers against post-ups. Zeller hasn’t shown anything other than shooting to indicate consideration for a roster spot.
What to expect: Austin Toros.
L.D. WilliamsAverages: 4.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 23.1 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 50.0 FT%, 30.5 TS%
Quick take: Williams earned a start, missed a lot of shots but he was aggressive. That’s about the gist of Williams’ performance.
What to expect: Williams has officially signed with French squad JL Bourg according to a report.
Dwight BuycksAverages: 5.5 points, 1.5 assists, 1.3 rebounds, 47.4 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 42.9 FT%, 49.8 TS%
Quick take: Undersized, below-average shot creator. He doesn’t appear to be in anyone’s long-term plans.
What to expect: A D-League team somewhere.
Ryan RichardsAverages: 3.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 35.7 FG%, 60.0 FT%
Quick take: I’d advise Spurs fans to stop salivating for a little awhile. As nice as a long, athletic big with 3-point range sounds — and it sounds really nice — Richards isn’t ready for the NBA level. While he has decent grip on the scoring facet of the game, he doesn’t rebound well nor does he have enough girth to defend anyone. His length compensates for that but it’s clear, from a maturity standpoint, that he’s not a finished product. Yet.
What to expect: Hopefully playing with Austin. I have no idea if he’ll OK that scenario as playing in Europe is more lucrative in the short-term.
JaMychal GreenAverages: 4.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 75.0 FG%, 62.5 FT%, 73.8 TS%
Quick take: In the mold of a lot Spurs prospects, he’s an undersized power forward with some range, extending until the 3-point line. He played well in limited minutes as he didn’t deviate from his game. His athleticism is a nice breath of fresh air and he has the potential of developing into a halfway decent offensive player. At this point, we don’t know whether defense will be a positive asset but he was successful in college, albeit against less skilled competition.
What to expect: Training camp invite. A stint with Austin is probably in order if he so chooses.
Alexis AjincaAverages: 2.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.5 rebounds, 50.0 FG%, 100.0 FT%, 52.7 TS%
Quick take: He has absolutely no competitors — if height were the only criterion. Ajinca improved incrementally in Vegas proving that he could give enough energy to forgive his other limitations for a little while. In the pick-and-roll heavy NBA landscape, Ajinca doesn’t figure to help anyone out except for opposing ball handlers.
What to expect: Training camp invite. A very unlikely shot of making the Spurs’ roster solely because of his incredible length and wingspan.
Cedric JacksonAverages: four points, two assists, 1.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals, 57.1 FG%, 57.1 TS%
Quick take: From a sheer enjoyment standpoint, Jackson delivered. He was adept at disrupting passing angles coupled with a pesky habit of harassing the ball handler. Also looked pretty comfortable in transition in an extremely limited sample size.
What to expect: Not completely sure but he appeared good enough to stick with any D-League roster.
Derrick ByarsAverages: 2.7 points, one rebound, 0.3 assists, 66.7 FG%, 66.7 TS%
Quick take: He posted a nice true shooting percentage. That’s all I can say, really.
What to expect: See Jackson, Cedric.
Moses EhambeAverages: 1.3 points, 11.1 FG%, 14.3 3P%, 100.0 FT%, 21.2 TS%
Quick take: Right about now would be a perfect time for Ehambe pun for some reason.
What to expect: (Continues thinking of a pun.) Nothing.
Quick take: I didn’t feel the need to list his averages because there would’ve been no point. He took two shots, missed both and one was an ugly flat air ball. R.C. Buford’s godson looked slow and was a complete liability. Whether his injury was the main culprit, Wagmene didn’t look good at all.
What to expect: Playing basketball somewhere — hopefully.