By winstonharris on March 15, 2014
The San Antonio Spurs are the hottest team in the NBA this season, but success is not guaranteed for next year. With rumors of a possible retirement by Spurs' superstar Tim Duncan, a set of players must be considered to fill the void. It has been said to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Let's take a look at the possibilities.
Andray Blatche has been a solid player off the bench for the Brooklyn Nets. Some think he is even deserving of a bid for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award. He is currently averaging 11.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this season. He would be a viable option to take some of the minutes left by a Tim Duncan retirement.
The San Antonio Spurs cannot afford to let go of Matt Bonner this summer, as he has been an intricate part of the San Antonio's past success and a big piece off the bench for Gregg Popovich. Bonner's three-point shooting ability and size will make him an attractive option to other teams. The Spurs must get him back to maintain the integrity and success of years past.
The new addition of Phil Jackson to the front office of the New York Knicks without consulting Carmelo Anthony has stirred some controversy. And the terrible season they are having will most likely have Melo leaving New York. If the San Antonio Spurs could land the scoring machine, they would have unlimited offensive capabilities. It is not realistic that Anthony could end up in a Spurs' jersey anytime soon, but the idea is fun.
While the San Antonio Spurs were trying to go after Danny Granger during his buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers, they should have been looking at Caron Butler. He is currently averaging 10.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this season. His shooting ability would allow a smooth transition into the Spurs' offense and his experience would add depth as well.
Greg Monroe does not receive the attention he deserves because of his current team situation with the Detroit Pistons. The Georgetown University product has nothing but potential, and if Tim Duncan does retire, Monroe would be the perfect replacement. His 14.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game are not being talked about enough. He would definitely improve the rebounding weakness of the San Antonio Spurs.
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