San Antonio Spurs Free Agency

Ranking 8 possible Spurs backup point guards

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Career backups who need a home

This category is four players who never really broke out as stars and are probably past their prime but can still guarantee some productive minutes off the bench. These players are not the guys that will get you ahead in a close game, but they will keep the score close while the starter gets a breather. They aren’t big-name players and won't command a big contract, but they could be difference-makers down the stretch. 

Avery Bradley

Avery Bradley is listed as a shooting guard, but at six foot three and a low-volume scorer, that’s a bit of a misnomer. Bradley is used to coming off the bench, unlike the previous players, but at 32 years old, he is grasping at straws if he wants to stay in the league. 

Bradley is not a scorer or a facilitator, but he is a defender. Put him in when Jones needs a breather, and you replace one tenacious defender with another. 

As a two-time All-Defensive team nominee, he doesn’t turn the ball over. He is not an exciting player, but he fills some points of concern on the roster and could be a solid fit. 

Michael Carter-Williams

Carter-Williams won Rookie of the Year in 2014 and then has had a pretty forgettable career. Last season, an ankle injury kept him out of play, but he is only 30 years old. He is not an elite scorer, but he does everything else adequately. He posted 4.2 assists on the 2020-21 Magic team, which is hard to do considering the [lack of] talent he was playing with. 

Unlike Bradley, Carter-Williams is turnover prone. That might be the nail in the coffin that prevents the Spurs from looking at him. He is a career 25.5% shooter from behind the arc and would probably accept a veteran minimum if any team were to offer it. 

If he got picked up by San Antonio, he would need to play alongside two or three aggressive scorers just to make up for his lack of talent.