San Antonio Spurs: Forget a Backup Point Guard, Top Priority Should Be a Big Man

Garrett Jochnau@@GarrettJochnauCorrespondent IIMarch 13, 2012

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TJ Ford's retirement came as a shock to everybody: the fans, the players and the management. No one could have guessed that the 28-year-old backup point guard would throw in the towel and hang up his sneakers for the final time.

By leaving the Spurs, Ford produced a number of problems and questions, with the most major one being: who will back up Tony Parker. The teams third string point is Cory Joseph, a rookie guard has been to the D-League and back multiple times since joining the team this year. 

However, everyone is forgetting that the Spurs have an ample amount of guards, this being the main reason they were willing to part ways with George Hill last June. 

Gary Neal can handle the ball fairly well and even Danny Green found himself controlling the point earlier this season. Veteran shooting guard, Manu Ginobili also has no problem with the ball in his hands as he can create for others just as much as he can create for himself.

Let's not forget, Ford missed the majority of the season this year, and the Spurs found a way to fill the void, even without Manu Ginobili's help.

So why is everybody freaking out all of a sudden, demanding that they explore trade options for a backup point guard?

They have one large hole that provides a problem for them now, and an even larger one in the future. The big men on their roster only take up four spots. Tiago Splitter is a legitimate center and Tim Duncan is, well, Tim Duncan.

But the other two? DeJuan Blair is an excellent player and can score and rebound. However, being a 6'7'' center/power forward, he has a major disadvantage on the defensive end when asked to guard bigger opponents.

As for Matt Bonner, the only talent that he does have keeps him behind the arc at all times. His lack of athleticism makes one question whether or not he is really a power forward.

The Spurs single need is to add more size to their roster. They only have two legitimate big men who can control opponents in the paint and one of them is aging and is unable to play major minutes. In the front court, the team has Parker, Ginobili, Green, Neal and even James Anderson if they need some instant scoring.

So Spurs fans, bid Ford your final farewell and don't look back, because the real problem is in the front court, and with the trade deadline approaching, a move is key to winning that ring.