2. Keita-Bates Diop
Keita Bates-Diop was one of the most underrated players on the roster and a consistent presence for San Antonio. The 27-year-old forward played the second most games out of anyone on the Spurs, averaging 9.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists on an outstanding 50.8% shooting from the field and 39.4% from three. He also averaged less than one foul and one turnover, doing all the right things while on the floor.
While Bates-Diop is only a role player, he was a man that Gregg Popovich penciled into the starting lineup when injuries decimated the depth chart. While second-stringers are a dime-a-dozen, he has become intimately familiar with the system after suiting up for three seasons in San Antonio.
That solid consistency and understanding of his role within the system are only a handful of the reasons Brian Wright should look to bring back the former Ohio State standout. And who can forget the legacy of the man who nearly singlehandedly closed out the Staples Center in style?