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San Antonio Spurs: New players are hyped for their first go-around

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TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 23 - (l-r) Jakob Poeltl and DeMar DeRozan celebrate after a basket during the 2nd half of NBA action as the Toronto Raptors host the Philadelphia 76ers at the Air Canada Centre on December 23, 2017. The Raptors defeated the 76ers 102-86 (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 23 - (l-r) Jakob Poeltl and DeMar DeRozan celebrate after a basket during the 2nd half of NBA action as the Toronto Raptors host the Philadelphia 76ers at the Air Canada Centre on December 23, 2017. The Raptors defeated the 76ers 102-86 (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images) /
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DeMar DeRozan, acquired in the Kawhi Leonard trade, seems hyped to be with the San Antonio Spurs.

Eight days ago, the San Antonio Spurs pulled off the Kawhi Leonard trade with the Toronto Raptors, which saw them bring back DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl, former draft picks of the team that spent seasons on 50-win squads. They are two of many new faces in new places across the NBA.

Over the past few days, DeRozan has spoken out positively on playing for the Spurs this season, but in different ways of publicity.

In DeRozan’s interview with ESPN’s Chris Haynes, he asked, “What are the Spurs getting in a player of DeMar DeRozan’s caliber?” This answer should have Spurs fans fired up to see him on the court:

A guy that’s been proven to prove himself time and time again — this time around having the biggest chip on his shoulder ever.

For Poeltl, due to DeRozan’s outspokenness on issues with Raptors President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri, he has received a lesser spotlight. However, the two-year man from Utah took to Twitter to express his level of hype to play for the Silver and Black this season, as well as the call-out on his jersey number, which will need a repair.

DeRozan and Poeltl should find their way into meaningful roles with the Spurs, as the former takes a starting spot and the latter works off the bench. There’s potential for both to work in the starting lineup, pending if Spurs coach Gregg Popovich rolls out a traditional two big-men lineup.

In nine seasons with the Raptors, DeRozan averaged 19.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. The 2017-18 season saw him reach a career-high 5.2 assists per game, and as well as 27.3 points per game achieved in 2016-17.

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In two seasons with Toronto, Poeltl averaged 5.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and just under one block per game in 15.8 minutes. He went at No. 9 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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