Wednesday , Jun , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

San Antonio Spurs 2005 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – San Antonio owns the 28th overall pick in this year’s
draft. The Spurs have an excellent nucleus and will look to add a player that
can learn from their veterans.

All-Stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili had great campaigns for the Spurs.
Duncan played in 66 contests and led the club in scoring (20.3 ppg) and
rebounding (11.1 rpg), while Ginobili contributed 16.0 points, 4.4 boards and
3.9 assists per game. The 29-year-old Duncan has continued to show why he may
be the greatest power forward to ever play in the NBA, while Ginobili is
finally getting the recognition that he deserves.

Point guard Tony Parker teams with Duncan and Ginobili to give the Spurs a
dangerous trio. Parker netted 16.6 points and dished out a team-best 6.1
assists per game. He had another solid showing in the postseason, and
definitely deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence with the league’s
best lead guards.

Veterans Brent Barry, Bruce Bowen, Robert Horry and Nazr Mohammed play their
roles very well, while Beno Udrih, who completed his rookie campaign, is
learning San Antonio’s recipe for winning.

The Spurs are built around Duncan. San Antonio may actually try and draft
a prospect from high school or a foreigner who plays power forward and is
willing to learn from one of the best ever. Duncan, who is still in his prime,
would be a great mentor.

San Antonio may also try and select a player who has played four years in
college and is more ready for the rigors of the NBA game.

Key Player(s): Brent Barry (Guard), Bruce Bowen (Forward), Tim Duncan
(Forward), Manu Ginobili (Guard), Robert Horry (Forward), Nazr Mohammed
(Center), Rasho Nesterovic (Center), Tony Parker (Guard), Beno Udrih (Guard).

Team Needs: An outside shooter or a big forward who can learn from watching
Duncan.

Draft picks: 1st round (28th overall).

SAN