Spurs need a leader on the court to guide the young guys. The past Spurs have Tim Duncan to lead them in the championship four times. Prior to Duncan, they have David Robinson and Avery Johnson on their first title.
A day after ending their 22 years streak, the Spurs young guys show what is their worth in the bubble games. All eight games are highly competitive which Spurs eliminated prior to their game against the Utah Jazz.
Spurs’ oldest young guy is Derrick White at 26, Jakob Poeltl 25, Dejounte Murray 23, Lonnie Walker 22, Keldon Johnson 20, and Luka Samanic 19.
This Spurs group looks solid, but they need somebody to guide them for their growth while contending into playoffs. Enter DeMar DeRozan here which is very solid on his game in the last seven he played in Orlando. He’s very consistent on his touch from the midrange. DeRozan shows up in the final quarter in all Spurs games in the bubble. He let the young play on their role while DeRozan just waiting for his moment. The 11-year veteran became a decoy or playmaker for his team which the Spurs really need a pure point guard. On the defensive end, he steps up every game. DeMar DeRozan’s hands become active on help defense, sometimes he takes charges. The Western Conference is likely competitive which the Golden State Warriors will make a great run with a healthy squad.
Likely DeMar DeRozan will get an extension worth 100 million for four years, a team-friendly. The franchise yet to sign a big name in free agency since 2015 after winning for LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes. With cap space was reserved to the young guys in the future. DeRozan is a guy that has a Spurs personality. They settled to sign post-injury and past prime players in the league.
People discredit him for his failure to surpassed LeBron James who got a teammate with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. But the Raptors with DeRozan had a great run in 2016.
Spurs can’t find a superstar but DeRozan is a guy who can help the great young group they have. They aren’t attractive to marquee free agency, no enough financial flexibility so DeRozan could be a great help in any way.
Spurs players are individually geniuses on defense, which DeRozan works well with the group. To keep him is a must, with a new highly motivated group.