The San Antonio Spurs list 18 players on the roster heading into training camp, and what better way to qualify their respective values than with a power ranking?
Throughout the next three weeks, Air Alamo will break down each of the current Spurs, their strengths, weaknesses, chances to make the roster and expectations for the 2015-16 NBA season.
Cady Lalanne, the team’s second-round pick, kicks off the countdown at No. 18.
Who Is He?
When the Spurs selected Lalanne at No. 55 overall in June, the team certainly didn’t pick a household name.
Full disclosure: I have never heard of Cady Lalanne.
— Dan McCarney (@danmccarneySAEN) June 26, 2015
Alicia DelGallo of the Orlando Sentinel wrote a terrific profile of the Haitian-born player, who learned he was an illegal immigrant when applying for federal student aid as a freshman in college. Lalanne was forced to return to Haiti, where he spent six months before coming back to the United States.
A 6’9″ post player, he appeared in 111 games—starting 80—for Massachusetts. Lalanne averaged 11.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks as a senior. He knocked down between 54.9 and 55.4 percent of his shots during each of his four college seasons. How’s that for consistency?
Lalanne tallied 6.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game during 10 Summer League appearances.
Strengths and Weaknesses
While at UMass, Lalanne constantly disrupted shots and offered a stout presence on the glass, and those two traits fit what San Antonio will need in the future. With that being said, his offensive potential is appealing because of a decent shooting stroke.
The biggest negatives Josh Riddell of DraftExpress placed on Lalanne included a slightly undersized frame, a lack of defensive versatility and inconsistent effort. San Antonio coaches can minimize the first two, but Lalanne needs to correct the last weakness himself.
He has the right tools for a big man—especially on a Spurs team that doesn’t need scoring in the frontcourt; LaMarcus Aldridge has that role covered—but Lalanne absolutely must improve his defensive prowess to eventually earn a place in the rotation.
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What to Expect in 2015-16
According to DelGallo, Lalanne has already agreed to spend the season with the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.
It’s a perfect situation for Lalanne, who isn’t yet prepared for the NBA level and wouldn’t play this season anyway. The Spurs already have Tim Duncan, Aldridge, Boris Diaw and David West, so the minutes available for a fifth big man are extremely limited.
Lalanne can spend the year developing in the Spurs system before making a run at a roster spot in 2016.