11 Outside-the-box ideas for how the Spurs can use Victor Wembanyama
By Cal Durrett
10: Use Wembanyama as a roll-man
Perhaps it shouldn't be an out-of-the-box idea, but it is becoming increasingly rare for big men to consistently roll to the rim after setting screens. Instead, the pick-and-roll has been replaced with pick-and-pops, with big men often hanging out near the 3-point line and waiting for a pass.
Popovich, however, has been known to zig when other coaches zig, and he could decide to use Wembanyama as the rollman more often than expected. After all, he'd be perfect for it given his length, size, and athleticism, and I know that I am not the only one who can't wait to see him finish alley-oop after alley-oop. Running more pick-and-roll requires a good playmaker to get him the ball, and the Spurs could prioritize bringing Tre Jones back on a multi-year deal.
That would ensure that they have a starting point guard that can set Wemby up, though they can eventually upgrade from him. Another option is to have Jeremy Sochan as the ballhandler, with the goal of eventually allowing the Spurs to play without a traditional point guard. Wembanyama won't just be a roll-man; far from it, but it could prove to be a simple yet effective way to get him the ball.