MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Manu Ginobili carried the Spurs in the final six weeks of the season with Tony Parker sidelined. The shooting guard often had the ball in his hands to create for himself and others. After the All-Star break, Ginobili significantly increased his production across the board. His scoring jumped from 13.4 points to 21.4, and his shooting percentage increased from 40.2 percent to 48.1 percent.
MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER
Richard Jefferson never got comfortable in the Spurs' system. Maybe it was because in San Antonio he was relegated to being a fourth option offensively. But he also had a difficult time picking up the defensive strategies. He had his moments, including two strong games against Dallas in the first round, but after averaging 12.3 points -- lowest since his rookie season -- and 4.4 rebounds, Jefferson was easily the most scrutinized and criticized player on the roster.
FREE AGENT FOCUS
G Roger Mason Jr. was considered a terrific free agent signing before the 2008-09 season, but after 2009-10 both sides will be happy to part ways when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
A more interesting decision will be F Matt Bonner, a 3-point specialist who had a difficult shooting year after he broke his shooting hand early in the season. He provided very little in the playoffs. The Spurs won't be big players in the free agent market. They're already over the salary cap and will look to bring 2007 draft pick Tiago Splitter to San Antonio from overseas.
--G Tony Parker said he won't play for France at the world championships in Turkey. Instead, he'll remain in the United States to prepare for next season with the Spurs.
Parker struggled through numerous injuries during the season.
"This means that from the month of August, I will work in Los Angeles to prepare for next season," Parker said. "They want to see me at my best during the recovery. For them, it is impossible that I play with the France team after all my health concerns this year."
--F Richard Jefferson saw his low regular-season offensive numbers drop even lower during the playoffs. He averaged just 9.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 33.4 minutes.
Jefferson has until June 30 to decide if he wants to opt out of the final year of his contract which would pay him $15 million next season. He wouldn't sign elsewhere for that much money, but he might be a better fit with a different team.
--F Matt Bonner presents a free agent dilemma for the Spurs. The big man is not an interior player and is a defensive liability. He serves a key role when he is able to spread the floor and knock down 3-pointers, the one area in which he excels.
However, after Bonner returned from a broken shooting hand, he had difficulty with his accuracy. Bonner, who made $3.27 million last year, averaged just 5.0 points in 10 playoff games and made 10 of 27 shots from the 3-point arc. He managed to shoot 39 percent from beyond the arc in the regular season while averaging 7.0 points.
--G Roger Mason (right hand surgery after season) becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
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