San Antonio Spurs center Joffrey Lauvergne left EuroBasket with a bang, as he had this poster-worthy dunk against Germany.
In the 2017 offseason, the San Antonio Spurs signed center Joffrey Lauvergne to a two-year, veteran’s minimum contract. He can opt out after the first season.
Lauvergne hasn’t played a second for the Spurs yet, He did play plenty this summer, however, for Team France in the EuroBasket 2017 tournament. This pitted numerous European countries against each other in a multi-week event.
Team France recently lost and were eliminated from EuroBasket. Before they were officially eliminated, though, Lauvergne left his mark. He posterized Germany’s Daniel Theis in the third quarter, which got a raucous reaction from commentary in this short clip:
It was a monstrous throw-down from Lauvergne, something the Spurs would likely love to see in the 2017-18 season. While big dunks like that won’t happen every game, it was still an aggressiveness to drive into the lane and go over a smaller defender.
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Now that Lauvergne’s EuroBasket season is over, he’ll transition to become the Spurs’ likely backup at center and power forward. He was the only big man the organization signed in the 2017-18 season, if forward Matt Costello isn’t counted (he joined on a two-way deal).
This may mean Lauvergne gets a healthy amount of minutes, behind starters Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge. His career-high is 17.6 minutes per game (2015-16 season).
Lauvergne replaces the outgoing Dewayne Dedmon on the bench. Dedmon signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, ending his tenure in San Antonio at one season. He was signed in a similar fashion in 2016, when the Spurs gave him a two-year deal, with a player option for the second season.
The 2017-18 season will start in just over one month, and with the preseason about three weeks away, Lauvergne will appear in a Spurs jersey, for the first time, sooner than later.