DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: None Round 2: #37, #51, #53
|26. George Hill||28. Tiago Splitter||None||28. Ian Mahinmi|
|* Draft rights traded|
The supporting cast is long in the tooth and lacking in athleticism, but the pre-Draft trade for Jefferson should help things. Lack of able bodies inside put too much strain on Duncan and the interior defense suffered. Twin Towers, apply inside.
The Spurs made a big splash by acquiring Jefferson and managed to part with the expiring deals of Kurt Thomas, Bruce Bowen and Frabricio Oberto. That injection of youth and explosiveness, coupled with a healthy roster, could put San Antonio back on its regular perch as a contender. The Spurs can afford to take a few risks with their second-round picks and possibly stash a player overseas. Gregg Popovich promises the franchise will do what's necessary to avoid a "lull" and keep on winning. The track record suggests they'll make something happen.