The San Antonio Spurs have most of their starters already set with Tony Parker managing the offense as the point guard, emerging star Kawhi Leonard as the small forward, Tim Duncan as the PF and Tiago Splitter as the man in the middle.
The only position that could receive mixed reviews is the shooting guard, where Danny Green and Manu Ginobili are battling to be the starter and both players have good reasons to be considered alternatives from the tip-off.
The Argentinean veteran has pedigree of a champion and he’s still considered one of the most effective guards in the league despite being on the wrong side of his 30s. He has already won three NBA titles and he could be facing the last chance to make a championship run as the Spurs’ current core is aging. He’s very solid on the offensive side of the ball but as it was shown in the Finals last year, he’s becoming a defensive liability since his body is finally asking for a rest.
Danny Green, on the other hand, is the younger possibility to start at the two spot. The former Cleveland Cavaliers player is more of a spot-up shooter in offense and he has the range to drain a three at any given time, but his calling card is the defense. Green is considered one of the best perimeter defenders, and he’s able to guard any type of player he’s assigned to.
The two players are good alternatives to start as they both have the quality to be a solid option in a winning franchise. The youth and defensive skills of Green make him a better fit to be a solid starter, but the offense of Ginobili can also be a force either starting or from the bench.
Whatever Gregg Popovich decides, he will have a solid player next to Tony Parker in the backcourt this season.