Red = Free Agents
Blue = Unsigned Rookies
Yellow = Officially On Roster
TMT's Predicted Lineup
PG - Tony Parker/ Jacque Vaughn/ George Hill
SG - Manu Ginobili/ Roger Mason Jr./ Michael Finley
SF - Bruce Bowen/ Ime Udoka
PF - Tim Duncan/ Fabricio Oberto/ Anthony Tolliver/
C - Kurt Thomas/ Ian Mahinmi/ Matt Bonner
TMT's Roster Summary: Position by Position
We all know who the Spurs' starting point guard is. The 2007 Finals MVP, Tony Parker, will without a doubt be the starter.Through the past few years there has always been controversy for the Spurs in the backup point guard position. Last year we would have thought that Damon Stoudamire would be our permanent backup point guard, but he really never found his rhythm with the Spurs and sat on the bench for the most part in his time in San Antonio last season. Jacque Vaughn has proven to be a solid veteran point guard behind Tony Parker. His defensive intensity off the bench is a spark for the Spurs and he really has a great vision of the floor. He will most likely be the backup PG when the season starts. George Hill will have to fight Vaughn for playing time if he plans to play a role on this team. Hill is more of a shooting guard, but because of his size Coach Popovich will much rather work him at the point guard position and see how he can handle it. Also expect to see newly added guard Roger Mason running some point guard for the Spurs this season.
As of right now, I see last year's Sixth Man of the Year, Manu Ginobili, being the starter for the Spurs when the season starts. Seeing as Michael Finley is yet to be resigned (which I believe he will be in due time) and Roger Mason still getting used to the Spurs playing system, I expect Manu's name to be called when the starting lineups are announced on game night. Depending if Finley is resigned, Roger Mason could play a big role for the Spurs off the bench. He adds a nice shooting touch to the team that will need to be replaced after the loss of Brent Barry to the Rockets. Don't be surprised if you see rookie George Hill getting some time at the 2 guard as well.
As usual our All Defensive First Team forward, Bruce Bowen, will start at small forward for the Spurs when the season starts. As usual we will expect him to guard all the Lebrons and Kobes of the league. But young forward Ime Udoka will look to get more playing time with Brent Barry now in Houston and Michael Finley still not resigned. Udoka showed some signs in last years playoffs on both sides of the court. He is a quality defender and can score the basketball. He still has room to grow and improve but I see him as a solid backup behind Bruce.
Of course no one can forget our 2-time league MVP, 3 time NBA Finals MVP, 10 time all star, Tim Duncan. He will without a doubt is the heart and soul of this team and much of our season is going to rely on him having a good year. Backing him up with be Argentinian Fabricio Oberto who will be in his 3rd year with the Spurs. With new additions to the Spurs, Oberto will find himself playing more of the 4 then the 5. Also newly added Anthony Tolliver will have to fight Oberto for playing time. Tolliver was a Center in college but because of his size (6"8) you will probably see him playing mostly the 4 position. Also on rare occasions you might catch 3 point shooting big man, Matt Bonner, check into the game.
Now about to enter his 2nd year with the Spurs, veteran Kurt Thomas will most likely be the starter for the center position. Thomas played well in the playoffs last season and showed he can be the starter or come off the bench and still be productive. Ian Mahinmi played mostly for the D-league Austin Toros last season and led them to the championship game. He played some with the Spurs early in the season but showed that he still had much to learn. He is a monster athlete and he's the type of versatile big man that the Spurs need in their rotation. I see him having a good solid role on the new Spurs team.