I should revise my statement about Blair - decided to do so here instead of editing the draft thread.
Basically, what I should have
said was the Spurs have a lack of depth at BOTH
the PF AND
C position - remember, technically
a PF first (we can hash THAT
argument out in a whole other tread, I'm sure!
Looking at each position in a vacuum, Blair wouldn't be in the backup role to Duncan if they were both playing at the five specifically. But it figures to reason that if Splitter is Duncan's primary backup at center, Blair would be right behind Diaw at the four. It could also be conceivable that Pop would eventually go with a "Twin Towers" type of front court, starting Duncan and Splitter together at the 4 and 5, with Diaw and Blair being their primary backups. I haven't seen that configuration yet (at least, not as a starting lineup), but that's what I've always felt should have
happened once Splitter came on board (shades of Duncan/Robinson from the late 90's).
Either way you slice it though, the Spurs have very little depth within their big's rotation, so either one of these two are good pickups here. With Duncan aging, they could BOTH
get significant run, as well as opportunities to make an impact.Buuuuuuuut
...thank you anyway Buser, for one-upping your friendly neighborhood Spurs fan!