We can’t wait for the Spurs regular season to officially start. That’s not to say that the pre-season isn’t exciting! The Spurs are dealing with some major changes this year. Seeing the new Spurs team members in action is great. Already, they are helping the Spurs make their way to the top during the first pre-season games.
How much do you know about the new additions to the Spurs 2016-2017 roster? Here’s a breakdown of everyone you can expect to hear about this season.
Joel Anthony was a member of the Canadian national basketball team. He is 2 times NBA champion. His professional career started when he signed a one-year deal with Miami Heat in July 2007. Anthony made 24 appearances that season. He was re-signed by the Miami Heat in July 2009 and, later on 2010, he signed a 5-year $18 million deal.
On 2014, the Heat sent Anthony to the Boston Celtics. Later that year, he was traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Will Bynum. He re-signed on 2015 and played for another year. On September 26, Anthony signed with the San Antonio Spurs.
Ryan Arcidiacono left the national champions to join the San Antonio Spurs at only 22 years old. After being named the 2016 NCAA Final Four’s most outstanding player, he joined the Spurs’ 2016 NBA Summer League Team. During his time there, he averaged 2.4 points, 2,7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in only seven games. Last season, he averaged 12.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 32.1 minutes per game.
Despite only being 23 years old, Davis Bertans played two seasons with Laboral Kutxa in the First Division of the Spanish League. Bertans played in 22 games last season. He averaged 8.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in only 24.2 minutes while shooting from a three-point range. He also made 15 Euroleague appearances.
Before joining Laboral Kutxa, he spent three seasons with BC Partizan Belgrade in the Serbian League, as well as two seasons with the Union Olimpia in Slovenia. Bertans has been part of the Latvian National Team since 2011.
When he was younger, Dewayne Dedmon wasn’t allowed to play basketball or any other sport at all. It was only when he turned 18 and was a senior in High School when he finally started to play. Despite his height, he had trouble at the beginning. His skills developed fast enough to capture the Antelope Valley College’s attention.
Later on, during his rookie season he bounced from Golden State to Philadelphia before settling with Orlando. During Orlando’s final 18 games, he started 16 and averaged 6.7 points and 5.3 rebounds. Dedmon spent the last two seasons with Orlando, then signed a two-year $6 million deal with the Spurs.
Bryn Forbes started his basketball career with Cleveland State and Michigan State, where he became a reliable 3-point shooter. On his senior year of college, Forbes improved until he became the country’s leading 3-point shooter. He received many awards and set a number of records during his senior year at Michigan State.
On March 2 of this year, Forbes set a team and Big Ten Conference record 11 three-pointers. He led Michigan State to a 97-66 win over Rutgers. After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Forbes joined the San Antonio Spurs for the 2016 NBA Summer League. On July 14, he officially signed with the San Antonio Spurs.
Patricio Garino spent the past four seasons at George Washington University. In his final season, he helped guide the Colonials to the 2016 NIT Championship. He was named to the All-Tournament Team. He earned Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team and the All-Conference Second Team honors. Garino averaged 14.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.37 steals in 32.0 minutes, while shooting .510 from the field and .430 from three-point range. He was also named the Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team in each of his final three seasons.
For his collegiate career, he averaged 12.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.71 steals in 30.1 minutes while shooting .508 from the field and .364 from long range. He ranks third in school history on George Washington’s career steals list (219) and is 11th all-time in scoring 1,536 points.
Pau Gasol has already made a major impression on San Antonio’s starting point guard! The Spurs lost Tim Duncan over the offseason but they managed to replace him with another veteran, Gasol. Tony Parker is very excited about his new teammate. They’ve been going head-to-head for years in a number of different leagues throughout the world.
There is no question that Gasol and Duncan are different players. Nevertheless, it appears as though Gasol is providing his teammates with plenty of reasons to be excited for the upcoming season.