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San Antonio Spurs G League Roundup Through February

ONTARIO, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Lonnie Walker IV #1 of the Austin Spurs drives to the basket against Brandon Fields #5 of the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario on February 24, 2019 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. 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 Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)
ONTARIO, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Lonnie Walker IV #1 of the Austin Spurs drives to the basket against Brandon Fields #5 of the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario on February 24, 2019 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. 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 Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Juan Ocampo/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)

It’s time to check in on the San Antonio Spurs’ G League team once again as they head down the home stretch of the regular season.

The San Antonio Spurs’ G League team in Austin has fell back a bit this year after winning the title last season.

The Austin Spurs are currently 16-22, which has them sitting in third place in the Southwest Division.

While winning is important in the G League, the development of some future Spurs is much more valuable than their win-loss record at the end of the year.

Let’s check out what some of San Antonio’s most promising prospects look like with nearly a full G League season under their belts.

Next: Drew Eubanks

ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 19: Drew Eubanks #14 of the San Antonio Spurs rebounds the ball against the Orlando Magic on December 19, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 19: Drew Eubanks #14 of the San Antonio Spurs rebounds the ball against the Orlando Magic on December 19, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

Drew Eubanks

The Spurs have been pleasantly surprised with some outstanding production from Drew Eubanks, an undrafted product of Oregon State.

The 6-foot, 10-inch big man has nearly averaged a double-double in Austin this year with 16.6 points and 8 rebounds per game in 24 appearances this season.

Eubanks has been one of the most efficient players in the league this season with a player efficiency rating of 28.4, which is the fifth-best PER in G League history. He also has a true shooting percentage of 68.2%, which would be in the top 20 in league history.

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Eubanks has been a dominant shot-blocker at the G League level with 2.6 blocks per game, which is a great supplement to his offensive game.

There’s no question that Eubanks has what it takes to dominate the G League, but we’ll need to see him in a San Antonio uniform more often to see if he can hang in the NBA.

Next: Chimezie Metu

CEDAR PARK, TX – FEBRUARY 10: Chimezie Metu #7 of the Austin Spurs drives around Justin Reyes #21 of the Salt Lake City Stars during a NBA G-League game on February 10, 2019 at the H-E-B Center At Cedar Park in Cedar Park, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)
CEDAR PARK, TX – FEBRUARY 10: Chimezie Metu #7 of the Austin Spurs drives around Justin Reyes #21 of the Salt Lake City Stars during a NBA G-League game on February 10, 2019 at the H-E-B Center At Cedar Park in Cedar Park, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)

Chimezie Metu

The G League is where most second round picks spend their rookie year as they hopefully develop enough to contribute to the NBA team at some point during their rookie contract.

Chimezie Metu has taken that path and put in some solid work with the Austin Spurs this season.

Metu is averaging 13.9 points and 7.3 rebounds in 19 G League games this year, and he’s also flashed some ability as a rim protector with 1.5 blocks per night.

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Metu has had trouble with turnovers as his 19.5% turnover rate is one of the highest on the team. His 51.6% true shooting percentage is also well below average for a big man.

Unfortunately, it looks like Chimezie Metu has a lot of work to do before he can be a reliable piece of Gregg Popovich’s rotation.

Next: Lonnie Walker

SAN ANTONIO, TX – JANUARY 27: Lonnie Walker IV #1 of the San Antonio Spurs passes around Chasson Randle #9 of the Washington Wizards during an NBA game held January 27, 2019 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs won 132-119. (Photo by Edward A. Ornelas/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX – JANUARY 27: Lonnie Walker IV #1 of the San Antonio Spurs passes around Chasson Randle #9 of the Washington Wizards during an NBA game held January 27, 2019 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs won 132-119. (Photo by Edward A. Ornelas/Getty Images)

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Lonnie Walker has been the main attraction for the Austin Spurs after being selected with the 18th overall pick in this year’s draft.

A preseason meniscus injury delayed Walker’s start to his rookie season, but he’s certainly shown some promise in 21 G League games.

Walker is scoring 16.1 points per game in 27.3 minutes, but he’s not been very efficient with a true shooting percentage of just over 50%.

Walker has the lowest turnover rate on the team, but he hasn’t made many plays for others either with just 1.7 assists per game.

The former Miami Hurricane is shooting an encouraging 38.5% from three, and his athleticism certainly stands out against G League competition.

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Hopefully Walker can turn the corner in the last portion of Austin’s schedule heading into an important offseason of work for the former first round pick.

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