Following a nice Week 10 (10-4
ATS), I crapped the bed in Week 11 (6-7-1). There are still a handful of
teams that I honestly don't have a solid read on...kinda disconcerting
this late in a season.
me, Philadelphia must be faded until further notice. Simply fading
Sanchez is usually a good bet; when you factor in a crumbling defensive
unit and a locker room that is reportedly coming apart at the seams, how
can you justify picking the Eagles? Four days isn't enough time to
address their growing list of problems. I can see Megatron eclipsing 200
yards vs. Byron Maxwell/Nolan Carroll.
of the Week. I love this spot for the Cowboys; an absolute must-win
situation vs. a team that has created some cushion in the NFC and blew
their wad against Washington. Don't underestimate the absence of Peanut
Tillman in this one. Without Tillman, Benwikere moves to the perimeter,
meaning the godawful Colin Jones draws slot duties. Cole Beasley should
Bennett is out, so if Alshon Jeffery can't go, Jay Cutler's starting
receivers will be Marquess Wilson, Josh Bellamy and Zach Miller. That's
practice squad-quality. Given Jay Cutler's history vs. GB and the
absence of secondary QB Antrel Rolle, there seems little hope for the
Bears. Still, I can't shake the feeling that they will keep it close if
Matt Forte is active. This might be Chicago's Super Bowl, and with high
winds/frozen rain in the forecast, both teams could be restricted to
ball-control offense...an ideal scenario for John Fox and the
Forte/Langford duo. If both Forte and Jeffery can go and the pregame
forecast is as expected, I may jump on the Bears.
59. Marcus Denmon, G, Missouri: C Grade
I actually mocked this one correctly, which believe it or not, is really difficult to get a second-round pick right. This just seems like a Spurs-type pick since Denom plays hard, can contribute in a variety of ways, and could earn a spot on the roster.
*** 2012 NBA Offseason Needs and Free Agents listed below this comment box. ***
2011-12 Season Summary:
I keep waiting for the San Antonio Spurs to fall off the NBA map a bit. After getting bounced from the opening round by the Grizzlies last summer, I figured this might be the year that age catches up to the Spurs.
Instead, the team was right there in the end, finishing with the best record in the league, winning 20-straight games including a pair of playoff sweeps, and knocking on the door of another trip to the NBA Finals. Head coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford deserve a ton of credit for meshing a group of youngsters with their solid stable of veterans.
2012-13 Projected Depth Chart:
C: Tiago Splitter
PF: DeJuan Blair/Matt Bonner
SF: Kawhi Leonard/Stephen Jackson/Derrick Byars
SG: *Daniel Green/Manu Ginobli/James Anderson
PG: Tony Parker/Gary Neal/*Patrick Mills/Cory Joseph
NBA Free Agents:
C-Tim Duncan (UFA)
PF-Boris Diaw (UFA)
*SG-Daniel Green (RFA)
*PG-Patrick Mills (RFA)
2012-13 Team Salary: Approximately $58.2 million
NBA Offseason Needs:
1. Re-sign Duncan:
Despite all the miles on the 36-year old legs, Tim Duncan proved he is still a valuable asset due to his ability and maybe more importantly, his leadership. I would be shocked if he and the Spurs cannot agree on some sort of reasonable contract to keep the Big Fundamental in San Antonio. I doubt he makes anything close to the $21.3 million he raked in this past season, but this is one marriage that should never end.
2. More Size:
Even if Duncan is re-signed, the Spurs still need to add another post player. Boris Diaw proved to be a terrific mid-season pick-up, and I wouldn't be surprised if San Antonio tried to re-sign him at an affordable rate. If not, the Spurs need one more big body just in case Duncan begins to wear down a bit.