- Created on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:21
- Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 06:15
- Written by David Rountree
The San Antonio Spurs have had a steady start to the NBA season, four games in and they are so far looking dominant. The offense looks as good as ever and the defense has improved as well. Players like Tiago Splitter and Aron Baynes are really helping the team defend the paint.
On the offensive side the team is sharing the ball at an amazing rate, causing players like Boris Diaw and Patty Mills to shine early on. Boris Diaw, who has been a hustle guy for the Spurs the past couple of years, has really been aggressive offensively so far this season. He isn’t hesitating to shoot the three or to even drive the basketball, which is a big change from last season.
Diaw is averaging almost 13 point per game and shooting a blazing 56% from the field. Throw in nearly five rebounds and 2 assists a game and he is looking like a younger version of himself. This adjustment to his game could be a huge boost for the Spurs bench, which is already potent offensively even without Diaw’s new contributions.
The Spurs can always use scoring from role players in their offensive schemes to free up lanes for Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
Also the Spurs were having huge questions about who would back up Parker but guard Patty Mills seems to have answered the bell. He has been bringing great energy and speed off the Spurs’ bench. He is averaging close to 8 ppg and shooting a fiery 61% from the field. He has really been excellent from the three point line so far this season.
It is his ability to hit the three-ball that has separated him from his guard teammates Nando De Colo and Corey Joseph. The Spurs’ system absolutely thrives off of great shooting and Mills is making the most of his opportunity. In the off season he worked hard to lose weight and now he is reaping the benefits.
The San Antonio Spurs still have a long way to go in the season but they must feel good about their depth and versatility coming off the bench.