DeJuan Blair, the 37th selection in the 2009 NBA Draft, has agreed to a contract with the San Antonio Spurs. Blair made the announcement on a television broadcast. Terms of the contract are unknown at this point.
Blair is regarded by many as the steal of the 2009 draft. Projected early on to be a lottery pick, the bruising forward out of the University of Pittsburgh fell in the draft due to concerns about his health. In fact, MRIs prior to the draft showed that Blair doesn’t have ACLs in his knees. As a result, many team doctors red flagged him and there’s doubt about how long he’ll be able to play in the NBA.
However, in his two years at Pittsburgh, Blair was extremely dominant. He was the best rebounder in college basketball and also scored well. For the Spurs, he’ll give the team a backup bigman who should be able to come in right away and produce next to Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Richard Jefferson.