2.) Will Sochan crack the starting lineup for Popovich?
Reporters have asked Popovich and players about the starting lineup at each press conference since training camp opened last week, but no one has delivered an insightful response. Though it is unclear when the Spurs will make a definitive decision, it feels like the final spot left up in the air is at the three. And it will likely come down to Sochan and Keldon Johnson.
There is no guarantee that Keldon will participate in his first preseason matchup tonight, and Sochan could replace him as a starter if the 24-year-old forward continues sitting out with what the team has coined as general soreness. Things could get interesting if San Antonio sends Johnson to the bench to get a look at how Wembanyama works with the Baylor product.
With how much Brian Wright and Gregg Popovich have emphasized spreading the playmaking duties this season, there might be a chance the Spurs relocate Tre Jones to the second unit for this contest. Should that be the case, we could witness Keldon and Sochan round out a special tall-ball lineup that poses matchup nightmares for more conventional rotations.