Open Thread: 2014 NBA Champions- Where are they now? The small forwards

One exits, one makes a return, and one could not be located without a globe

As the 2018-19 season rolls out before us, a few items come to mind. The 2013-14 Spurs Championship squad has dwindled down to just a memory. This season’s roster has but two players from that title winning team, one of whom is returning after three seasons as a journeyman.

So before tip off on October 17th, we’ll take a look back to determine where each of these players is now.

Today- THE SMALL FORWARDS

Kawhi Leonard

2014 NBA Finals - Practice Day And Media Availability
Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Toronto…he’s in Toronto.

Marco Belinelli

Foot Locker Three-Point Contest 2014
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Italian not only won his NBA Championship in 2014, he also was crowned the winner in the 3-point contest during All-Star Weekend. Quite a banner year for Belinelli. After one more season with the Spurs, he moved to the Sacramento Kings for a season, then the Charlotte Hornets for a season, then the Atlanta Hawks for most of the season before being waived and picked up three days later by the playoff bound Philadelphia 76ers.

This summer the Spurs signed Marco back to the Silver & Black, making him the second of two players from that 2014 championship team to be playing in San Antonio (Patty Mills being the other).

It’s great to see Belinelli in a Spurs jersey once again.

Austin Daye

San Antonio Spurs v Dallas Mavericks
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

If you don’t quite remember Austin Daye, don’t kick yourself (although you won’t be winning any “Spurs Biggest Fan” contests). He kind of came out of nowhere. Well, not nowhere really. Toronto. He was traded near the deadline for Nando de Colo. He finished out the season with the Spurs, playing in one playoff game for six minutes. But he was on the roster when the Finals ended and in this industry, that’s enough to get you a coveted Championship ring.

He stayed with the Spurs for the 2014-15 season and continued to play until January when he was waived. He joined the D-League Erie Bay Hawks for a month before signing on with Atlanta for the remained of the season. He has since played for various overseas teams in Italy, Bahrain, Turkey, and Jerusalem. He won the FIBA Cup in 2018 with Reyer Venezia.

Next time: THE POWER FORWARDS


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