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What to Expect From Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs Front Court?

By George Middleton

The San Antonio Spurs have a lot of talent in their front court. Whether it’s a young Kawhi Leonard or the legendary Tim Duncan. Duncan, might be aging as he is 38 years old, but tends to turn the clock back as he did in the final moments of game six in the Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. What kind of impact will the Spurs front court players make this season?

Tim Duncan- There’s a strong possibility that Tim Duncan won’t be an all-star this season, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be effective. I expect Duncan to be the same, extremely efficient player he was last season. Duncan averaged 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks in 29.2 minutes. Expect Duncan to lead the Spurs to a top 3 seed in the Western Conference and possibly another title run.

Kawhi Leonard- There is no question that Kawhi Leonard is the future of the San Antonio Spurs franchise. Already one of the league’s best defenders, Leonard will look to improve from his 12.8 points this season. I expect Leonard to average around 15 points with five or six rebounds a game. Leonard’s improvement on offense will go a long way for the San Antonio Spurs.

Tiago Splitter- It might be time for Tiago Splitter to live up to his four years $36 million deal. Splitter averaged 8.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in only 21.5 minutes. I expect Splitter to average around 25 minutes and as a result he will increase his production. Splitter should average around 10 points and eight rebounds.

Boris Diaw- Boris Diaw is certainly getting older and is past his prime, but he is one heck of a role player. Diaw can defend multiple positions and is a terrific passer (2.8 assists). In the finals Diaw led the San Antonio Spurs with 5.8 assists and strangely averaged more rebounds (8.6 rebounds) than points (6.2 ppg).

Kyle Anderson- Kyle Anderson was selected with the 30th pick from UCLA. While I don’t expect Anderson to play much right this year, it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a productive player. Anderson is a “jack of all trades” type of player as he can pass, rebound, and defend multiple position. Expect the point-forward to have a career similar to teammate Boris Diaw.

Jeff Ayres-  Jeff Ayres, who previously went with the name of Jeff Pendegraph, will play a small role if any. Ayres job is to give the San Antonio Spurs energy and grab some rebounds. Last season, Ayres averaged 3.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in 13 minutes.

Austin Daye- Austin Daye will be known as the player that hasn’t lived up to his potential. Daye was selected with the 15th pick in the 2009 draft from Gonzaga. Despite not living up to his potential Daye is a good shooter with lots of size (6″11).

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