Apr 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich (right) talks with forwardMatt Bonner
(15) against the Los Angeles Clippers in game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. The Spurs defeated the Clippers 111-107 to take a 3-2 lead. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Bonner is back. The 35-year old veteran resigned with the San Antonio Spurs on a veteran’s minimum deal for one-year.
Bonner averaged 3.7 points and 1.6 rebounds last season. According to Bonner, his reduced three-point shooting was due to the iPhone 6.
All jokes aside, Bonner still shot a respectable 37% from three, despite it being lower than his 41% career mark.
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Bonner’s impact on the floor doesn’t come with numbers, it comes with his experience and ability to fit in with the Spurs system. Bonner won’t have the impact he did in 2008-09, when he averaged 8.2 points and 4.8 rebounds. He is a guy that the Spurs players and fans love, he is always ready when his number is called.
One of the best moments of Bonner’s season was when the Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies on December 5, 2014. Bonner scored 9 points, but that doesn’t tell the story, it was his defense on Zach Randolph. Randolph went 4-11 from the field going for 10 points. Bonner had some help along the way of course, but he held his own against an all-star forward.
It’s unlikely that Bonner will perform this well defensively in many games, but he is always playing hard and is a reliable shooter.
The Spurs once again get it done, as they sign a chemistry guy at a cheap cost.