Former Pitt star DeJuan Blair, who left school with two years of eligibility remaining to enter the NBA Draft in June, played in his first NBA game tonight with the San Antonio Spurs and was quite impressive. Picking up where he left off after a stellar preseason, Blair did what he did at Pitt with regularity, posting a double-double in San Antonio's blowout victory against New Orleans.
Blair was 7 for 10 from the field for 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. He had five offensive rebounds.
Some scouts question whether Blair's game would translate to the NBA, but he is doing the same things he did at Pitt with the Spurs. He played hard, got good position and used his superior hands to produce points and rebounds.
Listening to the telecast on ESPN, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson believe the Spurs can challenge the Lakers for supremacy in the Western Conference. I'm not a big fan of the NBA, but I think I'll be tuning in to Spurs games this season to check up on Blair and the Spurs.
Wouldn't it be fun to watch the Big Fella beat Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in the conference finals and then LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals.