The San Antonio Spurs continue to make moves. Thursday they signed forward David Lee to a 2-year deal and today announced they have signed undrafted forward Patricio Garino.
The 6-foot-6 Garino, spent the last four seasons at George Washington University. He capped off his senior season with a bang as he helped lead the Colonials to the 2016 NIT Championship– where he was named to the All-Tournament Team.
While at GWU, he earned Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team and the All-Conference
Feb 27, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; George Washington Colonials guard Patricio Garino (13) drives past Virginia Commonwealth Rams forward Mo Alie-Cox (12) during the first half at Charles E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Second Team honors after averaging 14.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.37 steals in 32.0 minutes, while shooting .510 from the field and .430 from 3-point range.
Garino was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team in three consecutive years. He averaged 12.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.71 steals in 30.1 minutes. Gorina has a nice touch from the floor as he hit 50-percent from the field and 36-percent from long range over his collegiate career. In his senior season, his 3-point percentage went up to a career best 40-percent.
Garino has tasted a little bit of the NBA lifestyle as he played on the Orlando Magic’s 2016 NBA Summer League team. In just three games he averaged 12.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.00 steals in 30.7 minutes.
What can he bring to San Antonio?
Size, strength and high basketball intelligence. Draft Express has an in-depth look at Garino. He has strong size and length for a NBA wing. He does not have off the charts athleticism, but sports a good frame for his size. He has high basketball IQ player who is always in position to make the right play, which helps him overcome his average athletic tools to be an impact player.
He’s predominantly a spot-up shooter with over 80-percent of his jump shots logged by Synergy Sports stemming from catch and shoot opportunities.
He does have some additional ways to contribute offensively, most notably with his savvy and feel for the game. He makes smart cuts off the ball, both into space and off screens for easy finishes at the rim, which would transition well in the Spurs pick-and-roll offense.
In the transition game he runs to the right spots on the floor to get good shots or create lanes for his teammates. Not a great shot creator off the dribble, but he can put the ball on the floor in transition or while attacking closeouts, finding teammates when the defense collapses.
Garino definitely has the tools to fit right in with San Antonio. Terms of the contract were not released per team policy.