San Antonio Spurs: Where Jakob Poeltl truly ranks among NBA centers

San Antonio Spurs Jakob Poeltl (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
San Antonio Spurs Jakob Poeltl (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
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San Antonio Spurs Jakob Poeltl (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
San Antonio Spurs Jakob Poeltl (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, @SASpursFamily tweeted something about the San Antonio Spurs‘ center, Jakob Poeltl. Call me Kevin Durant, because the tweet got me way too fired up. “Jakob Poeltl is a top 10 center in the league and a top-three defensive center,” said the tweet.

My first reaction was sheer laughter. Not because it’s not based on some semblance of truth – he honestly might be. Poeltl really has been that good this year. But because, like most sports fans who read these things, my first reaction would be to share that with all the other NBA fans I know. And living outside of San Antonio, I can’t think of one of them, not one, who wouldn’t have laughed and dismissed me outright for just liking “obscure players.”

And it’s really those sort of reactions that drove me to write this. Why is Jakob Poeltl still considered obscure to most NBA fans when he’s played good enough to be a household name? And how close does Jakob actually come to these lofty rankings, or is he there already? I wanted answers.

First, let’s dive into why Poeltl is relatively unknown in NBA circles.

Next: Why More People Don't Know Jakob

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