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Pops Mensah-Bonsu To The Spurs

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UPDATE: Mensah-Bonsu picked San Antonio out of three offers, though it still hasn't been confirmed if it will be a 10-day or for the rest of the season.


Well, Pops Mensah-Bonsu had the second most votes in the poll I put up this morning, but was the first to be called-up.

London's finest, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, the D-League leader in both scoring at 26.6 per game and rebounding with 13 per game, is headed to San Antonio, though I'm told he had two other offers before choosing the Spurs.  It is unconfirmed, but I'm assuming it to start out as a 10-day contract, while Tim Duncan recovers from a 'sore knee".

He's simply been dominating the D-League, so this should come as no surprise, as San Antonio is the best in the business at utilizing the D-League.  They'd already signed Malik Hairston and Blake Ahearn to 10-day contracts this year, along with bringing in DerMarr Johnson, Bobby Jones, Jeremy Richardson, Keith Langford, and Marcus Williams.

Here's what I wrote about Pops this morning: Pops is killing it at this level, in the box scores anyway.  Unfortunately, I haven't been able to watch a full game of his, but in the comments yesterday from Jon L, he noticed that Pops isn't the greatest defender out of the block and he doesn't box out well.  The Pops apologist inside tells me that he's already averaging 26.6 points and 13 boards to go with 2.5 blocks, imagine if he starts to apply himself.  However, I can't overlook the fact that it doesn't seem as if he's applying himself.  Granted, he probably assumes he's not on some of these guys level, but with a guy like Pops, his motor is going to be a big reason for him getting an opportunity.