His stock slipped due to concerns about his knees and stature, yet the San Antonio Spurs took a chance on the 6’7″ bruiser out of Pittsburgh in the second round. After four seasons, the Spurs elected it was time to part ways with DeJuan Blair; after all, they already had Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw locked up. So, the need for him was minimal.
“One man’s trash, is another man’s treasure.”
Blair’s first season in Dallas has most likely not gone as planned, finding himself out of the rotation at times throughout the season. But, the Dallas Mavericks struck gold signing him this past offseason. When Brandan Wright was out, he was healthy and filled that role. When Samuel Dalembert was sleeping in, Blair was wide awake to take over the starting center duties. When the Mavericks needed someone to give them a kick in the butt, Blair was there to do the kicking.
After playing a grand total of 21 minutes (14 of those in the game 2 win) in the first three games of this down to the wire series, Blair has emerged as the Mavericks’ savior.
When Dallas was down by twenty in the third of game 4, it was Blair kicksarting the Mavericks’ rally, putting up 12 points and 10 rebounds in 16 minutes before getting ejected for the incidental/intentional kick to Splitter’s head, that also resulted in his game 5 suspension. Though the Mavericks fell short in the loss, Blair showed no matter the deficit, the Mavs would still be in it.
Game 6, Blair again was bigger than his stature. Finishing with 10 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 steals, he again gave the Mavs what they needed. Coming up with big rebounds, crucial steals, and finishing around the basket, he made his presence felt.
Blair is doing to the Spurs what he once did for them for so long. The Mavericks would not be where they are now if it weren’t for the Spurs not retaining the big man.
Blair is sticking it to the Spurs as only he could. One more win to go, most importantly, one more game for Dejuan Blair to haunt his former team.