San Antonio Winging It with RJ: Do the Spurs Need a Back Up Small Forward?

September 22nd, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
The San Antonio Spurs open training camp this weekend with one of the deepest rosters in franchise history, but one item on the summer shopping list remains.

In my estimation, it's a big one.

GM R.C. Buford convinced two-time Spanish League MVP Tiago Splitter to bring his pick-and-roll defense and seven-foot frame stateside. He will bolster the Spurs' sagging interior protection and save Tim Duncan lots of regular season wear and tear. He will rebound at an advantageous rate and contribute a few buckets, too.

The team selected scoring guard James Anderson in the June draft. Buford and Gregg Popovich were ecstatic when the Oklahoma State star and reigning Big 12 Player of the Year fell to them at 20.

An injury forced him to miss Las Vegas Summer League, and he was not cleared for full-contact practice until last week. Still, if he plays anywhere from 10-20 minutes a night and drills three-pointers at a 40 percent or better clip, the Junction City hero will earn his keep. Some of his biggest supporters think he can do more than that.

Sharpshooter Gary Neal impressed Spurs staffers so much in Vegas that he snag ...

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