In terms of depth the San Antonio Spurs are among the leagues best. While the Spurs primary guards (Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili) are getting older, they still possess lots of talent. The Spurs also have some younger point guards, in Patty Mills, Cory Joseph, and Bryce Cotton.
Tony Parker- Tony Parker, is the teams engine, as he goes, the Spurs go. Parker came off a season in which he averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists. Parker averaged 29.4 minutes, making it the first time since his rookie year that he averaged below 30 minutes. It’s fair to expect around 28-30 minutes for Parker this season, especially since Mills is out for a while. Coach Popovich will utilize Parker effectively as he nows how to save his players legs for playoffs.
Patty Mills– What a bad break for Patty Mills, as he is coming off his best season as a pro, and is expected to miss about half of the season, with a shoulder injury. Mills averaged 10.2 points and 1.8 assists in 18.9 minutes. He was one of the better three point shooters in the league last season (43%) and gave the Spurs instant offense. When he returns expect similar impact from the Australian guard.
Cory Joseph- It would mean a whole lot if Cory Joseph improves as a shooter. In his career he is a 28% three point shooter. Joseph will be a significant part of the Spurs next season, as he will likely be the primary backup to Parker while Mills is out. Joseph has some solid size (6″3) and athleticism for the spot, but he seems to be hesitant with most of his decisions. If Joseph improves as a shooter he will be a productive player, if not then he will likely be a “hole” as he doesn’t have the ability to drive in like Parker.
Bryce Cotton- Bryce Cotton had a remarkable career at Providence. As a senior last season, he averaged 21.8 points and 5.9 assists. In the NCAA tourney, he went for 36 points and 8 assists, in what was one of the best performances by a player in the tournament. Cotton has a reputation of being a solid passer and good shooter (37% threes), but he opened eyes with a 40-inch vertical at the combine. Don’t be surprised if he challenges Joseph for the backup spot with Mills out.