The NBA’s oldest team picked up more veteran help this week as the Spurs signed point guard Andre Miller and reached a contract agreement with shooting guard Kevin Martin. Both players came off waivers from Minnesota after agreeing to contract buyouts as the Timberwolves turned their eyes toward the future.
They both were experiencing reduced roles before parting ways with the Wolves. Miller averaged 3.4 points and 2.2 assists in just 26 games this season. Martin, who averaged 20 points per game last year, was down to 10.6 as the Wolves cut his playing time by 12 minutes a night.
But the Spurs won’t be looking for much more than spot duty from either player, along with the specialized skills and playoff experience they bring to San Antonio. Miller’s reliable passing and reputation as a floor general, combined with Martin’s shooting touch and ability to spread the floor, can make them valuable in a playoff series.
Turning to veterans is certainly nothing new in San Antonio. The Spurs now have the league’s two oldest players on their roster in Miller and Tim Duncan, who are both 39. In addition, they have Manu Ginobili at 38, Rasual Butler at 36 and Matt Bonner and David West, both at 35. Butler or Bonner may wind up getting waived to open a roster spot for Martin, who is a relative child at 33. The average age of the Spurs’ roster is 31.8, according to RealGM, making them the only team in the league above 30.
The Spurs, of course, were doing just fine without Miller and Martin. They are 52-9 entering tonight’s game and a perfect 29-0 at home. They are firmly entrenched in the second spot in the Western Conference, three and a half games behind the record-setting Warriors. They also have a playoff-tested roster and coaching staff that make them an extremely difficult postseason matchup.
That brings me to tonight’s topic: How much will Miller and Martin help the Spurs over the rest of the season and the playoffs? Do they make San Antonio’s bench even deeper and more dangerous? Will they adjust quickly to the Spurs’ unselfish offense and rapid ball movement? Or is San Antonio in danger of having too many old guys and not being able to keep up with a younger team in a seven-game series?
Please share your thoughts and opinions on the topic in the comments section. We look forward to hearing what you have to say.