The addition of LaMarcus Aldridge gives the Spurs an elite frontcourt tandem, arguably the best in the league. There aren’t many teams that can compete with the trio of Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard, and Tim Duncan.
The Spurs backcourt is nowhere near the level of their frontcourt.
Mar 4, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guardDanny Green
(14) dribbles down the court ahead of forward Tim Duncan (21) in the game against the Sacramento Kings at the AT&T Center. Spurs won 112-85. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
The Spurs have an aging Tony Parker and a terrific “3-and-D” wing in Danny Green. A few years ago this would’ve been a terrific backcourt. The problem is Parker isn’t elite anymore. Last season, Parker averaged 14.4 points and 4.9 assists. Parker faced achilles and ankle injuries throughout the season. Green on the other hand holds his ground on both ends. He is an excellent shooter (42% threes) and a versatile defender.
You can even make the case that Parker isn’t a top 10 point guard anymore. Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, John Wall, and Kyrie Irving are definitely better than Parker. Other guards like Eric Bledsoe, Ty Lawson, Kyle Lowry, and Derrick Rose are certainly as good as Parker at this stage.
Green on the other hand is a great role player, but from an individual standpoint there are many shooting guards that are better. Green isn’t close to guards like Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, Bradley Beal, and DeMar DeRozan. However one can make the case that he is as good as any wing in playing his role. Green is a middle of the league shooting guard in terms of placement. He places in the range of players like Khris Middleton, Wesley Matthews, and J.J. Redick. Last season the 28-year old averaged 11.7 points and 4.2 rebounds. He broke the Spurs franchise record of threes made in a season by making 191.
Backcourts Certainly Stronger than the Spurs Backcourt:
-Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry & DeMar DeRozan
-Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose & Jimmy Butler
-Washington Wizards: John Wall & Bradley Beal
-Miami Heat: Goran Dragic & Dwyane Wade
-Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry & Klay Thompson
-Houston Rockets: Ty Lawson & James Harden
-Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook & Dion Waiters
-Phoenix Suns: Eric Bledsoe & Brandon Knight
Similar Level to Spurs Backcourt
-Los Angeles Clippers: Chris Paul & J.J. Redick
As you can see the Spurs backcourt ranks as a borderline top 10 backcourt. There are about eight backcourts better than the Spurs. It’s arguable that they are the 9th or 10th best backcourt.
Don’t worry Spurs fans you already have a top frontcourt, you can’t be greedy.