There are four players vying for the final roster spot for the 2012-13 Spurs Roster and each are making the case with their play. Here is a quick rundown of who is on the cusp.
Eddie Curry – An 11 year veteran that spent four seasons with the Bulls, four with the Knicks and most recently played last season with the Miami Heat. Curry has had weight issues and spent the summer slimming down and working on his game. The Spurs do have a need of another big man.
“I feel I’m in a good situation,” Curry told the San Antonio Express-News. “I worked hard this summer. Every game it’s just about showing everybody what I can do. I’m trying to focus on defense and rebounding, trying to play in the system and soak up as much as I can. I think I’m going to make it. Until they tell me I’m not, I feel like I’m part of this team.”
Derrick Brown – After receiving several invitations to camp with NBA teams, Brown chose the Spurs even though there was really only one roster spot to be had. The three-year veteran, selected as the 40th overall draft pick in 2009 by the Charlotte Bobcats played with them until 2011. He then signed on with the Knicks in March of 2011 but returned to the Bobcats in December of 2011 up until the end of the 2012 season. The Bobcats made him an unrestricted free agent and he signed on with the Spurs. Steven Jackson, a former teammate with the Bobcats had high praise for the journeyman who is averaging seven points in 15.7 minutes a game.
“He actually gave (one-time All-Star) Gerald Wallace a run for his money every day in practice,” Jackson said. “I think that’s what opened a lot of people’s eyes that he belongs in this league.”
Josh Powell – Veteran forward who’s NBA career began with the Dallas Mavericks in 2005. Powell, originally slotted to be the forward groomed to take over for Dirk Nowitzki, was traded to the Pacers along with Darrell Armstrong and Rawlee Marshall in exchange for Anthony Johnson. Powell, along with current Spur Stephen Jackson and two other players were dealt to the Golden State Warriors. He next played for the Clipppers then the Lakers where he got considerable playing time for an injured Andrew Bynum. After winning two Rings with the Lakers, Powell next signed on with the Hawks for the 2010/11 season. The push for Powell and Curry was something Manu Ginobili recently spoke about.
“There are 13 returning guys, so there aren’t many that can surprise you. But, of course, having Josh Powell and Eddy Curry on the roster is a big thing,” Ginobili said. “They’re both great players, talented bigs that (aren’t) easy to find in the league anymore. So, it’s good to have them around and give them a chance.”
Wesley Witherspoon -Rookie guard/forward combo out of Memphis has made the most of his rookie camp recently scoring 17-points in a start against the Houston Rockets. He has had to shed the title of being ‘soft’ as in not doing everything he can to improve himself and with the Rockets game, he may have just done that.