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San Antonio Spurs: 3 most interesting G League Players

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 19: Lonnie Walker IV #1 of the Austin Spurs shoots a foul shot during the NBA G League Winter Showcase on December 19, 2018 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Cassy Athena/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 19: Lonnie Walker IV #1 of the Austin Spurs shoots a foul shot during the NBA G League Winter Showcase on December 19, 2018 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Cassy Athena/NBAE via Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 19: Lonnie Walker IV #1 of the Austin Spurs shakes hands with teammates during the NBA G League Winter Showcase on December 19, 2018 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cassy Athena/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 19: Lonnie Walker IV #1 of the Austin Spurs shakes hands with teammates during the NBA G League Winter Showcase on December 19, 2018 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cassy Athena/NBAE via Getty Images)

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

SAN ANTONIO, TX – JANUARY 3: Lonnie Walker #1 of the San Antonio Spurs after scoring his first basket against the Toronto Raptors at AT&T Center on January 3, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX – JANUARY 3: Lonnie Walker #1 of the San Antonio Spurs after scoring his first basket against the Toronto Raptors at AT&T Center on January 3, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)

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.

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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

EDINBURG, TX – NOVEMBER 15: Dakarai Tucker #14 of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers drives to the basket against Drew Eubanks #14 of the Austin Spurs during an NBA G-League game at the Bert Ogden Arena Novmeber 15, 2018 in Edinburg, Texas. (Photo by Nathan Lambrecht/NBAE via Getty Images)
EDINBURG, TX – NOVEMBER 15: Dakarai Tucker #14 of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers drives to the basket against Drew Eubanks #14 of the Austin Spurs during an NBA G-League game at the Bert Ogden Arena Novmeber 15, 2018 in Edinburg, Texas. (Photo by Nathan Lambrecht/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

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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

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – NOVEMBER 28: Luol Deng #9 of the Minnesota Timberwolves defends against Chimezie Metu #7 of the San Antonio Spurs during the game on November 28, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – NOVEMBER 28: Luol Deng #9 of the Minnesota Timberwolves defends against Chimezie Metu #7 of the San Antonio Spurs during the game on November 28, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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.

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