2013 NBA Free Agency: San Antonio Spurs Nab Ideal Role Player Jeff Pendergraph

By Ryan Heckman
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs have been relatively active so far in the 2013 NBA Free Agency period. Re-signing center Tiago Splitter and guard Manu Ginobili — to questionably pricy contracts — began the eventful week for the defending Western Conference champions.

They continued by bringing in former Chicago Bulls sharp shooter, guard Marco Belinelli and now former Indiana Pacers forward Jeff Pendergraph. Both signings could turn into being large parts of a title run for San Antonio.

Pendergraph, specifically, played very little last year with Indiana. But, in the short time he was on the court every game he played incredibly efficiently. In fact, in only 10 minutes per game his PER (player efficiency rating) was 14.57. Normally that would be relatively mediocre, but it is much harder to obtain a higher rating in only 10 minutes, making this actually a solid number.

The Spurs are merely getting a guy that takes advantage of his opportunities when he gets them. He shot the ball at 48 percent from the field and over 90 percent from the free throw line in 2012. In his 10 minutes per game, he averaged 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. To me, that says a lot about the effort he brings.

In 10 minutes, that’s roughly anywhere between 10-12 possessions in an average game. That means Pendergraph is scoring on two of those possessions and grabbing a rebound every three possessions or so, give or take.

I have no doubt that coach Gregg Popovich will use him in only a way he can. Popovich is one of the best in the business at getting the most out of his players, regardless of position or reputation. Pendergraph is yet another opportunity for him to do this again.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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