NBA Aging Stars Look to Make a Final Push: Duncan, Shaq & Nash
With age comes knowledge. However, players like Duncan & Nash have had the smarts since the day they entered the league. So their ups aren't what they used to be, but they can still put "the whoop" on the newbies. So what can we realistically expect from the AARP crew this year?
With training camp set to begin at the end of the month and rosters nearly solidified, teams headlined by aging stars are left to wonder whether this is the season that their stars fade into the hypothetical basketball sunset or whether there’s enough in the tank to make one last push.
During the ’09-’10 season, San Antonio Spurs future Hall of Fame center Tim Duncan displayed the least productive season of his career posting career lows in points per game (17.9), rebounds (10.1), and curbing his playing time down to a mere 31 minutes per game. Duncan’s offensive production has dropped precipitously since the Spurs last championship in 2007.
The 6’11’’ post man can no longer be considered an elite player and the Spurs have surrounded him with a formidable array of big men who can preserve Duncan for when the Spurs really need him in May.
Behind Duncan the Spurs can bring veteran Antonio McDyess off the bench as well as second year big-bodied DeJuan Blair and promising Brazilian rookie Tiago Splitter. With 20,641 career points Duncan can expect to crack into the top 25 of all-time NBA scoring leaders, passing the likes of George Gervin, Bob Pettit, and former teammate David Robinson, but don’t expect a monster season to get him to that landmark.
The Spurs can survive another drop in Duncan’s production considering their collection of talented offensive players who can pick up slack.
Look for Richard Jefferson to bounce back from a disappointing season...
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