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Title: Spurscast: Pre-Lottery Questions and 2nd Round Draft Prospects In Spurscast episode 656, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Benjamin Bornstein discuss:  Social media questions about the Spurs before the lottery Second-round draft prospects Pre-Lottery Questions With the NBA Draft Lottery coming up Tuesday, May 17, we asked Spurs fans to send some pre-lottery questions through social media. Some of the questions were got were what would it take to land a Top-3 pick via trade if the Spurs don't get a Top-3 pick in the lottery, whether the Spurs will use the draft-and-stash route with one of their picks, and a question about draft prospect Tari Eason of LSU. Second Round Draft Prospects In Spurscast episode 655, first-round draft prospects were mainly discussed in the episode. This week we take a look at some players projected to get drafted in the second round with the Spurs having the 38th pick in round two. Players discussed in this discussion are: Kennedy Chandler of Tennessee Leonard Miller of Fort Erie International Academy David Roddy of Colorado State Justin Lewis of Marquette Harrison Ingram of Stanford Max Christie of Michigan State Jake LaRavia of Wake Forest Dyson Daniels of the G-League Ignite and Nikola Jovic of Mega Mozzart are discussed when reviewing first-round draft prospects. In the final segment, the draft lottery odds are discussed from best to worst odds. The Spurs have a 50.7% chance of landing the 9th pick, 25.9% chance of landing the 10th pick, and a 5.7% chance of landing the 4th pick. Those are their Top-3 best odds of entering the lottery. Ad Disclaimer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisi by s counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat  (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/ /NJ/NY/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Title: Spurscast: Early Preview of Draft Prospects in First Round for Spurs In Spurscast episode 655, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Benjamin Bornstein discuss:  Who the Spurs should draft if they end up with a Top-4 lottery pick Draft prospects with the 9th pick Draft prospects with the 20th pick Draft prospects with the 25th pick Who should the Spurs draft if they end up with a Top-4 pick? There's no consensus number one overall pick according to different mock drafts, but one of these two players are projected to go first - Jabari Smith of Auburn, or Chet Holmgren of Gonzaga. Paolo Banchero of Duke is projected to go third and Jaden Ivey from Purdue is expected to go fourth. In the episode, Bornstein and I discuss different scenarios of who the Spurs should draft if they end up with one of the Top-4 picks. Draft Prospects in the 9th pick range The following players are mentioned on different mocks in the 9th pick range: Johnny Davis of Wisconsin Jalen Duren of Memphis TyTy Washington of Kentucky Ousmane Dieng of the New Zealand Breakers Bennedict Mathurin of Arizona AJ Griffin of Duke Draft Prospects in the 20th pick range The following players are mentioned on different mocks in the 20th pick range: Jaden Hardy of G-League Ignite Kennedy Chandler of Tennessee EJ Liddell of Ohio State MarJon Beauchamp of G-League Ignite Wendell Moore Jr. of Duke Kendall Brown of Baylor Ousmane Dieng of the New Zealand Breakers Draft Prospects in the 25th pick range The following players are mentioned on different mocks in the 25th pick range: Walker Kessler of Auburn Kennedy Chandler of Tennessee Patrick Baldwin Jr. of Milwaukee Christian Braun of Kansas Wendell Moore Jr. of Duke Kendall Brown of Baylor Jalen Williams of Santa Clara  Ad Disclaimer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/ /NJ/NY/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode Title: Spurscast: Spurs' Cap Space Scenarios  In Spurscast episode 654, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Collin Reid discuss:  The Spurs’ different cap space scenarios going into free agency 11 Players Projected to be on Guaranteed Deals The San Antonio Spurs will go into the offseason with eight players on guaranteed contracts next season in Dejounte Murray, Doug McDermott, Josh Richardson, Jakob Poeltl, Romeo Langford, Devin Vassell, Josh Primo, and Keldon Johnson. The Spurs will also have three first-round picks with their projected 9th lottery pick, the 20th pick from Toronto, and the 25th pick from Boston. From now until the Spurs draft and then sign a player with those picks or trade the pick, the picks have cap holds on the Spurs' salary sheet going into the offseason. So when you combine the three picks with the eight players on guaranteed deals, that's a projected 11 players on guaranteed deals. 4 Players with Partially/Non-Guaranteed Deals Four Spurs players will enter the offseason with partially or non-guaranteed deals in Zach Collins (partial guarantee), Tre Jones, Keita Bates-Diop, and Jock Landale. Each player's salary and guarantee date are discussed in the episode, as well as early predictions as to whether the Spurs will keep the player on the roster next season or waive the player in the offseason. 5 Players Entering Free Agency Five Spurs players will be entering free agency in Lonnie Walker IV, Joe Wieskamp, Devontae Cacok, DJ Stewart Jr., and Robert Woodard II. The Spurs can make any of these players restricted free agents by tending the player a qualifying offer by June 29. The Cap Space Projections The Spurs will have multiple cap space projections to explore being able to open anywhere from $16 to $37 million in cap space depending on what decisions they make with the players on non-guaranteed deals and the players entering free agency. Ad Disclaimer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat  (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/ /NJ/NY/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Spurscast: The End of the Season In Spurscast episode 653, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs Director of Digital Content Joe Garcia discuss:  The Spurs’ season ended with a play-in loss to the New Orleans Pelicans Where the Spurs finished the season on both ends of the court An early look at important dates for the offseason calendar An initial look at the roster going into the offseason Season Ends in the Play-In Loss to Pelicans The San Antonio Spurs' 2021-2022 season ended in a 10-point loss on the road in New Orleans Wednesday. On a night when the Spurs' two go-to players struggled and the team fell behind by 21 points, the Spurs didn't give up easily and fought back to get within six points of the Pelicans. New Orleans eventually made plays down the stretch and that was enough to close the Spurs' season. Strengths and Weaknesses this Season With the season over, the Spurs can now look back at their strengths and weaknesses as a team with their first season of letting the young core take the keys to the car with multiple veterans off the team. The Spurs finished 17th on offense and 16th on defense, and in the episode, their Top-10 and Bottom-10 areas are analyzed to determine what team needs will be going into next season. Initial Offseason Calendar The dates of the NBA Draft Lottery, the NBA Draft, and dates when players can become restricted free agents are discussed in the episode as the team heads toward the quiet part of the offseason. Early Outlook of Roster Going into Offseason Barring trades, the Spurs are projected to have 11 players on guaranteed deals next season when you count their three first round picks. The team also has decisions to make on four players who have partially guaranteed or non-guaranteed contracts. With a team already full, the Spurs will have to address which players who are entering free agency they'd like to try to bring back.  DISCLAIMER FOR AD If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat  (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/ /NJ/NY/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Title: Spurscast: The Spurs are in the Play-In Tournament  In Spurscast episode 652, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Collin Reid discuss:  The Spurs’ 8-2 record in the last 10 games The team making the Play-In Tournament  Keldon Johnson’s streak of 20 point games Zach Collins and Josh Richardson’s play lately Welcome to the Play-In Tournament After going 8-2 in their last 10 games and getting some help from the Phoenix Suns in defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, the San Antonio Spurs have officially qualified for the 2022 Play-In tournament. The Spurs will play the New Orleans Pelicans, but the question that still needs to be answered is who will be the 9th seed and host the play-in game? The Pelicans have a one game lead ahead of the Spurs in the standings and for the Spurs, the path to passing New Orleans in challenging, but there's still at least three paths available. The Play-In tournament will take place next week from April 12-15. Keldon Johnson's 20-Point Game Streak Since March 23, Keldon Johnson has scored between 20 and 28 points in seven straight games. In the episode, Johnson's shot selection has changed lately and what his 20-point streak could mean for the future. Zach Collins and Josh Richardson's Play Lately With the Spurs being 8-2 in their last 10 games, two players who have been part of the rotation during this stretch are Zach Collins and Josh Richardson. Both players weren't originally part of the opening day lineup, but they've fit in quite well in just a short amount of time. Collins has returned from injury that kept him out of games over the last two years and Richardson was acquired via trade at the trade deadline. The offense and defense both players are bringing to the floor are discussed in the episode.  Show notes for ad: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Spurscast episode 651, Remembering Project Spurs founder Michael DeLeon. On Monday, March 21, 2022, Project Spurs founder Michael De Leon passed away at the age of 45 battling cancer. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Michael’s family as they go through this very difficult time in their lives. Throughout his career, Michael helped numerous journalists get their starts in the media business, even if it meant moving on from the Project Spurs Network over time. In this special Spurscast episode dedicated to Michael, Spurscast host Paul Garcia speaks with multiple current and former Project Spurs members about the impact Michael had on their lives. Spurscast guests: Jeff Garcia  Stephen Michael  John Diaz Joe Garcia Aaron Preine Benjamin Bornstein Jeff Cerda Victoria Villareal Collin Reid Josh Paredes Jonas Clark Tom Petrini Rocky Garza Jr. Music for this episode was created and produced by Vincent Garcia Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Spurscast episode 650, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer and editor Stephen Michael discuss:  The Spurs in the last four games Doug McDermott expected to miss the rest of the season Keldon Johnson’s improved scoring post-trade deadline The Last Four Games The San Antonio Spurs went 2-2 in their last four games with wins against the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder, while suffering losses to the Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves. In the win against the Jazz, not only did the Spurs come back from a 15-point deficit, but the win also put Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich in NBA history with 1,336 all-time regular-season wins. By going .500 in their last four games, the Spurs have moved closer to trying to get into the play-in game, while that means on the other end their lottery odds decreased with an improved record. McDermott Expected to Miss Remainder of Season Wednesday the Spurs announced forward Doug McDermott is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season with a grade 3 right ankle sprain. With McDermott out, Josh Richardson is expected to start for the final 12 games of the season. McDermott's play this season is discussed in the episode, as well as what the team looks like with a small ball starting five having Jakob Poeltl and four guards now in the starting lineup going forward. Keldon Johnson's Improved Scoring Since the Spurs traded Derrick White in early February, Keldon Johnson's scoring has increased from 15 to 20 points per game. Johnson is attempting more three-point attempts during the timeframe, while still shooting accurately from beyond the arc. Johnson has improved his shot selection in the paint and his accuracy in the paint has increased as well. Johnson's amount of wide-open 3-point attempts have decreased post-trade deadline. That could be for one of two reasons: a) defenses are not letting him get as many wide open looks or b) in trading White, the Spurs only have Dejounte Murray to break down the defense to get shooters open shots consistently. DraftKings If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Spurscast episode 649, Spurscast host Paul Garcia discusses:  The Spurs in their last 7 games Some late-season roster moves by the Spurs The Spurs’ chances of making the play-in game The Spurs in their last 7 Games The San Antonio Spurs went 2-5 in their last seven games, with wins against the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards, and losses to the Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, and Toronto Raptors. The loss to the Kings was the one that stung since the Spurs were projected to go 3-4 in their last seven games, but instead went 2-5. Through 66 games of the season, the Spurs are 25-41, with a league-average offense and the 19th ranked defense. The Spurs are still close to the Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans for the 9th and 10th seeds that would allow San Antonio to be in the play-in tournament. Some players discussed in the episode are Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, Lonnie Walker IV, Jakob Poeltl, and Devin Vassell. Each players' play in the last 11 games is examined since the trade deadline, where there's been more opportunity with Derrick White now off the team. Late Season Roster Moves The Spurs made some late-season roster moves recently, by agreeing to a buyout agreement with Tomas Satoransky, converting the two-way contracts of Joe Wieskamp and Devontae Cacok to standard NBA contracts, and finally, signing DJ Stewart Jr. and Robert Woodard II to two-way contracts. Each move is discussed in the episode as well as the Spurs' cap space projections for this summer. The Spurs' Chances of Making the Play-In Game With just 16 regular-season games remaining, the Spurs are 3.5 games behind the Lakers for the 9th seed and 2 games behind the Pelicans for the 10th seed. The Lakers are projected to go 7-10 in their final 17 games, and if that happens, the Spurs would need to go 11-5 down the stretch to finish with a better record than the Lakers. The Pelicans are projected to go 6-10 in their final 16 games, and if that happens, the Spurs would need to go 8-8 down the stretch. DraftKings If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Spurscast episode 648, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Rocky Garza Jr. discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs topics:  The Spurs going 3-2 to begin the Rodeo Road Trip. The Spurs’ moves at the trade deadline. How the Spurs are playing after the trade deadline Looking ahead to the final 23 games of the regular season The Beginning of the Rodeo Road Trip The San Antonio Spurs have opened the 2022 Rodeo Road Trip with a 3-2 record. The Spurs lost in Cleveland and Chicago, but won in Atlanta, New Orleans, and Oklahoma City. The Spurs' Moves at the Trade Deadline The day before the trade deadline the Spurs traded Juancho Hernangomez to Utah as part of a three team trade that allowed the Spurs to land a 2nd round pick and Tomas Satoransky. The following day on the trade deadline, the Spurs made two trades. They acquired a protected 1st round pick and Goran Dragic from Toronto for Thaddeus Young, Drew Eubanks, and a 2nd round pick. Then, the Spurs traded one of their core players in Derrick White to Boston in exchange for a protected 1st round pick, the rights to swap a future 1st, Josh Richardson, and Romeo Langford. A few days later the Spurs waived Dragic and now have an open roster spot. The team is projected to have anywhere from $12 million to $33 million in cap space this offseason after the trades. Early Success Post Trade Deadline It's a small sample size, but the Spurs are finding success after the trade deadline with a 3-1 record. The Spurs have a Top-5 offense and close to league average defense during the stretch. With more minutes and opportunity, the Spurs have seen improvement from Dejounte Murray, Devin Vassell, Lonnie Walker IV, and Doug McDermott post trade deadline. The Final 23 Games The Spurs have a chance to get 8-9 more wins in their final 23 games because they'll face more opponents with losing records (12) than teams with winning records (11) to close out the season. Will they win enough games to make the playoffs or play-in game, or will they end up in the lottery because they couldn't get into the playoff picture? The next 23 games will allow that story to play out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Spurscast episode 647, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs founder Michael De Leon discuss:  The Spurs in the last five games and Zach Collins’ injury return Dejounte Murray being named an NBA All-Star The latest trade rumors involving Thaddeus Young, Jakob Poeltl, and Derrick White The Last 5 Games and Zach Collins' NBA Return In their last five games since the last Spurscast episode, the San Antonio Spurs went 2-3. The Spurs were able to defeat the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets, while losing to the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, and Miami Heat. In the Friday game against Houston, Zach Collins made his injury return to finish with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in just 13 minutes. Collins showed how he's a versatile player on offense with four points in the paint, a mid-range make, a pick-and-pop three, and a made free throw. Dejounte Murray, NBA All-Star After not being picked as an All-Star reserve, Dejounte Murray was named an NBA All-Star Monday as an injury replacement player with Draymond Green out for the game. This season Murray is averaging almost 20 points, eight rebounds, nine assists, and 2.1 steals per game. He's one of the top players in the league in assists, triple-doubles, defections, and steals. Murray is also one of the top players at his position in assist percentage, turnover percentage, steals, and rebounding per CleaningTheGlass.com. According to CleaningTheGlass.com, the Spurs play like a 46 win team when Murray is on the floor this season. Murray said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich called him to let him know he was an All-Star and Murray and his family were overcome with emotion. "I wouldn't change it for nothing," said Murray of being drafted by the Spurs with the 29th pick in 2016. "The Spurs organization was perfect for me." Trade Deadline Approaching Thursday With the trade deadline approaching Thursday, Thaddeus Young, Jakob Poeltl, and Derrick White have all been mentioned in trade rumors. The latest trade rumors are discussed in the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Spurscast episode 646, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Benjamin Bornstein discuss:  The Spurs in the last four games The latest trade rumors with the trade deadline two weeks away Devin Vassell and Jakob Poeltl’s strong play lately The Last Four Games The San Antonio Spurs went 1-3 in their last four games, with losses to the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Memphis Grizzlies. The Spurs' lone win over the last four games was a blow out against the Houston Rockets. Defense has been an issue for the team. The Spurs have maintained the 16th ranked offense over the last week, but they've slipped down to 19th on defense. In other team news, Zach Collins is getting closer to his return to the team with more games played in Austin, while Keita Bates-Diop became the latest player on the team to enter health and safety protocols. With Andrew Wiggins being selected as a Western Conference All-Star starter, Dejounte Murray's path to becoming an All-Star might have become more difficult. Trade Rumors Two Weeks Before the Deadline The latest trade rumors have the Spurs being interested in John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks again, the Hawks having interest in Derrick White, and teams calling the Spurs about Murray, White, and Jakob Poeltl. The Spurs also reportedly have interest in Cedi Osman. All of these trade rumors are discussed in the episode. Devin Vassell and Jakob Poeltl's Strong Play Lately In the month of January, Devin Vassell is averaging 14 points per game, making it his best scoring month of the season. Jakob Poeltl has been dominant in the paint in the last six games, averaging 18.7 points per game, with 15.6 of those points from the paint. Vassell and Poeltl's strong play lately and their seasons overall are discussed in the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Spurscast episode 645, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs Director of Digital Content Joe Garcia discuss:  The Spurs in the last four games against Cleveland, the Clippers, Phoenix, and Oklahoma City The Spurs trading Bryn Forbes to Denver in a three-way trade that brings Juan Hernangomez to San Antonio The Spurs when their main three of Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Jakob Poeltl are in the same game together The Last Four GamesThe San Antonio Spurs went 2-2 in their last four games with wins by their defense against the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder, and losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns. The Spurs are now 17-28 through 45 games of the season with the 16th ranked offense and 17th ranked defense. They finally have their full-rotation back after Tre Jones returned from health and safety protocols. Zach Collins is getting closer to his return after participating in a G-League game with the Austin Spurs, and multiple assistant coaches on the team have entered health and safety protocols. The Three-Team TradeWednesday the Spurs traded Bryn Forbes to Denver in a three-team trade that included the Boston Celtics and Nuggets. For taking on Juan Hernangomez's $6.9 million contract, the Spurs received cash considerations and a protected 2028 second-round pick from Denver. In the episode, Hernagomez's deal is examined for this season and his non-guaranteed salary for next season. Plus, there's a conversation about what realistic playing time he'll get and whether he can be moved again before the February 10 trade deadline. The Main Three of Murray, White, and PoeltlThe Spurs are now 13-14 in 27 games when Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Jakob Poeltl are in the same game together. Since Thanksgiving, the Spurs are 11-6 when those 3 players are in a game together. The Spurs are 6-8 when Murray and White play in crunch time together, a far better record than their 6-13 overall crunch time record. In the episode projected records are discussed if the Spurs can remain healthy for the rest of the season with the three of them. There was also a recent trade rumor involving the Toronto Raptors having interest in Poeltl. The rumor is discussed in the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Spurscast episode 644, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Collin Reid discuss:  The Spurs in the last six games Team updates on players returning from health and safety protocols The 15 game sample size from November to December before players went into health protocols Lonnie Walker IV's aggressive play with multiple rotation players out Dejounte Murray’s All-Star chances The Last Six Games The San Antonio Spurs went 1-5 in their last six games since the last Spurscast recording. Along with ending a 7-game road trip, the Spurs had multiple players enter health and safety protocols. The Spurs' most recent game was a return home Wednesday against the Houston Rockets, but the Spurs weren't able to stop the Rockets on defense, and so they were dealt their 26th loss of the season. Players Returning from Health and Safety Protocols In the loss against Houston, Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell returned to the team and exited health protocols. Doug McDermott, who has been out for seven games, has also exited protocols. Derrick White is listed as questionable to play Friday in the Spurs' game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, which puts him closer to exiting protocols. Once White is out of protocols, the only rotation player left in protocols is Tre Jones. The 15 Game Sample Size Before Health Protocols From November 24 to December 23, the Spurs were able to play 15 games without any players going into health protocols. During this stretch, the Spurs went 9-6 with the 3rd best offense and 15th ranked defense. In the episode, a discussion takes place examining if this is who the Spurs can be when fully healthy. Lonnie Walker IV's Strong Start to January Since returning from health and safety protocols in January, Lonnie Walker IV has been more aggressive on offense. Lonnie's paint attempts and free throw attempts have increased with more chances at being the second playmaker alongside Murray when White and Johnson were out. Can Walker IV remain aggressive when his teammates return? Dejounte Murray's All-Star Chances In the final topic on the episode, there's a discussion that looks at Murray's chances of making the Western Conference All-Star team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Spurscast episode 643, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Jonas Clark discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs topics:  The Spurs in their last 8 games Becky Hammon being hired as the new Head Coach of the Las Vegas Aces The Spurs and other teams pushing forward through health and safety protocols What has changed since the Boston game after Thanksgiving? The Last 8 Games and Other Team NewsThe San Antonio Spurs went 4-4 in their last eight games since the last Spurscast recording. While the team is currently on a three game losing streak, they did surpass their expectations in the last eight games. Based on the Vegas game lines, the Spurs were projected to go 3-5 in the last eight games, instead, they went 4-4. Dejounte Murray, Doug McDermott, Lonnie Walker IV, and Devontae Cacok are currently in health and safety protocols. After missing the last four games, Murray is expected to return to the team soon after clearing protocols. With four players in health and safety protocols, the Spurs recently signed Austin Spurs guard Jaylen Morris to a 10-day contract. Becky Hammon to be new Head Coach of Las Vegas AcesNews broke last week that Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon will become the new head coach of the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA. The deal is reportedly the most lucrative deal for a WNBA head coach and Hammon will finish the NBA season with the Spurs. What has changed since the Boston game after Thanksgiving?Since the Boston game on November 26, 2021, the Spurs have gone 10-8 in their last 18 games. While initially it looked like it would be the defense the team relied on, it's actually been the offense. The Spurs rank 6th offensively during the 18-game stretch and overall, they now have the 11th ranked offense. In the episode, a discussion takes place on how Derrick White's improvement, a change in the lineup, and how a number of other players have helped the team improve offensively. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Project Spurs writer Collin Reid discusses Thaddeus Young expressing his frustration over playing time on the San Antonio Spurs and how it's possible for neither side to be wrong in a situation like this. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Spurscast episode 642, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Stephen Anderson discuss:  The Spurs in the last four games against the Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, and Charlotte Hornets The Spurs closing the gap in free throw scoring with their opponents Trade rumors involving Thaddeus Young and Bryn Forbes The Last Four Games The San Antonio Spurs went 2-2 in their last four games, and almost as if in a roller coaster sequence. The Spurs picked up a win against the Nuggets last Thursday, then two nights later fell behind by as many as 32 points and lost to Denver. Then the following night, the Spurs defeated the Pelicans, but then days later fell behind by 30 points and lost to the Hornets. In the episode, the Spurs' last four games are discussed, as well as the Spurs' injury report. Closing the Gap from the Free Throw Line With Derrick White's improvement over the last 10 games, the Spurs have seen an increase in free throw makes and attempts. Considering the Spurs are already one of the best teams for the season in not putting opponents on the free throw line, they've closed the gap in free throw scoring. Through 27 games, the Spurs are only being outscored from the free throw line by 5 total points. On a per game basis, they're losing the free throw line by 0.1 points per game, which is practically even. The areas where the Spurs have a big advantage (paint scoring), where they're almost even with opponents (free throw line, mid-range), and where they have their biggest weakness (3-point line) are discussed in the episode. Young and Forbes Trade Rumors Lastly, the latest trade rumors surrounding Thaddeus Young and Bryn Forbes are examined in the episode. A familiar Young to Phoenix rumor is floated that dates back to September, while it appears playoff contenders will be looking into whether or not to try to trade for Forbes before the February 10 deadline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Spurscast episode 641, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Evan Townsend discuss the following San Antonio Spurs topics:  The Spurs going 2-2 in their last four games against the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, and New York Knicks Takeaways from the 4-Game Winning Streak Derrick White improving in the last 6 games Lonnie Walker IV’s play through 23 games The Spurs blew out the Trail Blazers by 31 points last Thursday. From there, the Spurs continued their road trip with a win against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. The Spurs' season best 4-game winning streak was snapped Monday on the road in a loss to the Phoenix Suns, and the Spurs' most recent defeat came at the hands of the New York Knicks Tuesday. Though the win streak is over, there can be some takeaways to see what the Spurs can maintain going forward to find success. A number of different factors contributed to the Spurs finding success. From Derrick White turning back into Derrick White, Jakob Poeltl getting healthy and providing rim protection, Dejounte Murray continuing his stellar play and a few role players having good weeks lately in Doug McDermott and Bryn Forbes. Plus, the Spurs have started to go more and more away from the mid-range shot as of late to help close the gap in 3-point scoring and attack the rim more frequently. Some team injury updates with Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell are discussed in the episode, and some movement with Austin, as Josh Primo has started to earn minutes with San Antonio as the team deals with injuries. Meanwhile, Jock Landale will be going to Austin for the first time this season. After his breakout game against the Warriors with 21 points, Lonnie Walker IV scored just 9 points combined in the last two games. Walker IV's season through 23 games is discussed on both ends, as well as the chances he'll be a longtime player with the Spurs since he'll become a free agent this offseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Spurscast episode 640, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Rocky Garza Jr. discuss:  The Spurs going 1-0 in their last game against the Washington Wizards Commonalities in the Spurs’ 2-game winning streak The backup center position between Drew Eubanks and Thaddeus Young Trade scenarios for Young 1-0 in last game against Washington The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Wizards by 18 points Monday night for their first winning streak of the season. The Spurs once again used lockdown defense to hold the Wizards below 100 points. Derrick White had a season high 24 points and the Spurs picked up their first win of the season when falling into a double digit hole. Commonalities in the Spurs' 2-game winning streak It's just two wins, but that's a big deal for a Spurs team that hadn't been able to do that so far this season. Commonalities on offense and defense are analyzed from the Spurs' victories over the Boston Celtics and Wizards in the episode. Jakob Poeltl being back, Dejounte Murray and Derrick White each averaging over 20 points in the last two games, and Keita Bates-Diop starting are also reasons why the team has been finding success lately. The Backup Center Position So far this season the backup center position has been between Drew Eubanks and Thaddeus Young. While both players have been averaging similar minutes per game, Eubanks has played in all 19 games while Young sat out three games earlier in the season due to a decision by the coaching staff. The play of both players is discussed in the episode and the roles each player has on the team. In the event Young is traded at some point during the season, some teams with trade exceptions or cap space large enough to absorb his salary are discussed in the episode. The Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, and Orlando Magic all have large enough trade exceptions to absorb Young's $14.1 million salary. The Oklahoma City Thunder can open cap space to take in Young's salary by renouncing their trade exceptions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Collin Reid evaluates his break-out candidates one month into the season to see if any of them are on track for a break-out season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Spurscast episode 639, Spurscast host Paul Garcia discusses the latest San Antonio Spurs topics:  The Spurs going 1-3 in their last four games against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, and Boston Celtics Can the Spurs get back to a Top 10 defensive level? Tre Jones’ start to Year 2 Keldon Johnson’s improved 3-point shooting 1-3 in Last 4 GamesThe San Antonio Spurs snapped their 6-game losing streak Friday with a close win against the Boston Celtics. In the episode, the Spurs' losses to the Timberwolves, Suns, and Hawks are discussed, as well as the surprising win against Boston. The Spurs are now 5-13 through 18 games. They're 3.5 games behind the Timberwolves in the standings for 10th out West and in 5th for the best lottery odds. Doug McDermott and Devin Vassell's recent injuries are also discussed in the episode. Can the defense get back to a Top 10 level?During their 6-game losing streak, the Spurs' defense had started to slip, allowing opponents to score over 110 points in 5 of those 6 games. The Spurs showed on one night Friday against the Celtics they can become a Top 10 defense, after they held the Celtics to just 88 points. The defense through 18 games is analyzed by where the Spurs are elite, where they're average, and where they're bottom 10 and need to improve to get back to a Top 10 level. Tre Jones' Start to Year 2Tre Jones' start to his second year of his career is discussed. While Jones is known for his defense, he's been very efficient with his shot selection in the paint and he's making those paint shots at a very accurate number early in the season. Keldon Johnson's Improvement from 3-Point RangeWhile his attempts are still low, Keldon Johnson has drastically improved his 3-point accuracy. He's now making 39% of his attempts from outside, which is the second most accurate number on the team among rotation players. This is also shown in the wide-open 3s data. 70% of Johnson's 3-point attempts were attempted wide open at one point during the season. Now, that number is down to just 55% of his attempts being attempted wide open. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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