On the second official day of voting, we covered San Antonio Spurs wings who left their mark on the storied franchise including some divisive players.
The first round of our Role Player Bracket Challenge continued on Sunday as fans voted on the greatest role-playing wings in San Antonio Spurs history. Another 16 players faced off with two underdogs – Marco Belinelli and Chuck Person – upsetting as 10th and ninth seeds respectively.
Belinelli was matched up against small forward Richard Jefferson in what I’d consider one of the more peculiar face-offs of the first-round. Jefferson is a divisive figure in Spurs history because of his sharp tongue and various clashes with head coach Gregg Popovich.
San Antonio moved off of some beloved players in one of our winners, Bruce Bowen, and Fabricio Oberto to bring Jefferson along. He never really meshed with San Antonio’s playstyle and has since been cheeky at any chance he can when speaking about the team. He was a better player than Belinelli ever was, but he couldn’t align with Spurs culture and fans will never let that go.
Marco himself has been a target for the Spurs community—particularly because he blocks fans on social media at the drop of a hat. In his most recent stint with San Antonio, Belinelli’s play has significantly declined and Coach Pop continues giving him playing time over younger players. Even so, Belinelli has averaged 9.6 points per game on 38.8 percent three-point shooting.
Only two players – shooting guard Danny Green and Bowen – won with at least 90 percent of votes while the closest matchup finished by a margin of 10.4 percent. The second-closest matchup finished with a 41.6 percent margin between the sixth and 11th seeds.
Before we discuss the biggest winners of the round, we need to talk about the players who’ve been eliminated before ever getting a chance to compete for the crown.