Even though the San Antonio Spurs are firing on all cylinders, they are not satisfied and continue to look for ways to improve. In their latest effort to get better, the Spurs have signed Damion James to a 10-day contract.
The Spurs picked up James from the NBDL’s Bakersfield Jam and Texas Legends, where he was averaging 16.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 31.8 minutes this season. The Atlanta Hawks drafted the University of Texas alum in the first round back in 2010. He would be traded to the Brooklyn Nets and spent the next three seasons averaging 4.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in just 34 appearances.
Coming into the NBA, scouts questioned James’ effectiveness on the next level due to his 6-foot-7, 225-pound frame at the forward spot. They feared he would be an undersized player who could not defend bigger players and consistently get good looks at the basket. But this would not be the first “undersized” player for Gregg Popovich. Former Spurs’ post DeJuan Blair was a very effective piece in his tenure with the team, and James may be able to duplicate his success.
He will be in uniform as the Spurs are set to face the Oklahoma City Thunder in a western conference grudge match between the current No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. The Spurs are four games ahead of the Thunder, but it will be no easy task to grab a win of this caliber on the road. Though the Spurs do maintain the best road record in the league, it is safe to say the Thunder marked this game on their calendar awhile ago. James may not see much action as he gets adjusted to his new team.