San Antonio Spurs: 3 most interesting G League Players
By Andrew Ites
As we hit the midway point of the regular season, it’s time to check in on some of the San Antonio Spurs’ most interesting G League players.
The San Antonio Spurs’ G League system has consistently produced quality NBA players with Derrick White being the most recent success story.
The Austin Spurs are again stacked with some promisingyoung talent even though they’ve been hovering around .500 for most of the year.
The Austin squad has provided the Spurs’ young players some quality playing time while they continue to develop their skillsets.
Without further ado, let’s evaluate how the Spurs’ intriguing trio of G Leaguers have looked so far this season.
Next: Lonnie Walker
The Spurs’ 2018 first round pick has spent most of his rookie season in Austin after recovering from a meniscus injury he suffered this preseason.
Walker’s performance in the G League hasn’t been inspiring so far this year, but it’s possible that he’s still shaking off the rust from missing eight weeks with an injured knee.
In 13 games with Austin, Walker has scored 14.8 points per game with 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 27.6 minutes per night.
Walker has a true shooting percentage of just 47.9%, and heis hitting just 31.4% of his threes this season.
Walker has only five minute of playing time in San Antonio this season, and he will probably spend most of the year in Austin.
That formula worked well for Derrick White last year and it could provide the perfect environment for Walker to hone his skills as a rookie.
Next: Drew Eubanks
Dylan Carter recently took a deep dive on Drew Eubanks’ rookie season in the G League where he has put up some pretty outstanding numbers.
The former Oregon State Beaver has scored 15.2 points per game with 6.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per night in 13 games in Austin this season. He’s been obnoxiously efficient with a true shooting percentage of 72.6% and a player efficiency rating of 29.6.
Eubanks has seen playing time in 10 games with the NBA squad as a rookie as he’s become the Spurs’ official garbage time big.
Eubanks hopes his impressive performance on his two-way contract this year will earn him a full-time contract, and I believe those hopes will be realized if he can keep it up over the entire year.
Next: Chimezie Metu
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Chimezie Metu has become a bit of a cult hero during the preseason and some garbage time minutes early on in the year.
Metu has put up pretty good box score numbers this year in Austin with 15.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game in 29.2 minutes per night over 13 games.
However, he hasn’t been very efficient with a true shooting percentage of 52.1% and a player efficiency rating of 13.8, which are both disappointing numbers for a big man.
Metu has been able to get a solid amount of experience at the NBA level seeing playing time in 19 games this season.
The Spurs knew Metu would be a bit of a project when they selected him in the second round of this year’s draft, so they are probably not too concerned with his slow start as a rookie.
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Hopefully working with Austin’s G League staff and getting plenty of playing time against good competition will help Metu improve over the course of the year.