San Antonio Spurs forward David Bertans had a vicious block at Friday’s EuroBasket game.
Time remains before the San Antonio Spurs take to the court for the 2017-18 NBA season. The offseason passed and training camp hasn’t begun. However, in between these is the EuroBasket 2017 tournament. This pits countries of Europe against each other in a multi-week basketball tournament.
The Spurs are represented throughout EuroBasket, including Pau Gasol on Team Spain and Joffrey Lauvergne on Team France. Davis Bertans is also there, as he plays for his home country of Lativa.
On Friday, Bertans played in Latvia’s game against Serbia. He showed up in a big way, aside from his 18 points and six rebounds. This saw him have this monstrous block on Boban Marjanovic, formerly of the Spurs (h/t Pounding the Rock):
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A big moment for Bertans on the defensive end, something San Antonio will need plenty of under the basket. He might be the player to replace the outgoing David Lee at backup power forward, who the organization did not re-sign in the offseason.
However, Bertans’ ability mostly looked that of a small forward or stretch four in the 2016-17 season. He shot 39 percent from 3-point range, with 2.6 of his 3.5 shots per game from this spot of the court. The shot-blocking game wasn’t nonexistent, with 0.4 blocks per game, and he grabbed just 1.5 rebounds.
It’s only one moment, but it might be a glimpse at offseason improvement for Bertans. If he can bring this defensive tenacity to the 2017-18 season, he’ll be a fine backup at the big man positions.