It’s been quite a while since Corey Maggette has had a relevant moment in the NBA. After spending the last three seasons dealing with various injuries and playing for some of the worst teams in the league, Maggette really hasn’t been able to make his presence felt in years.
However, with NBA training camps set to get underway in just a few days, Maggette may find the opportunity to succeed in this league once again. According to a report from Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report, Maggette will be with the San Antonio Spurs for training camp in October and has a good chance of making the roster.
There are a lot of things working in Maggette’s favor as he goes to audition with the Spurs. First of all, as Zwerlin said, Maggette is a great guy to have in the locker room, something that the Spurs are all about. Maggette is a veteran that can help teach young guys, but he’s also a player that most people in the league speak highly of and like very well.
Another thing working in Maggette’s favor is potentially getting to play under head coach Gregg Popovich. With guys like Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, Popovich has developed an effective system to keep his veterans healthy and at their peak performance. Considering Maggette’s recent injury history, Pop’s system of rest would be great for him.
Possibly the biggest thing that Maggette could benefit from in San Antonio, though, is the fact that the Spurs are a team that has developed a reputation for rejuvenating veterans in their system. Maggette was once an incredibly talented scorer in this league, averaging 16 points per game for his career. Put into Popovich’s system, Maggette could find some new life.
It’s been tough to watch Maggette in recent years, partially because he’s been so ineffective and partially because of how far he’s fallen as a player. As he heads into Spurs camp, perhaps he can end his career in the NBA on a high note.
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