Jeremy Sochan could fall short of fans overly optimistic expectations
I want to preface all of this by saying I genuinely like everything about Jeremy Sochan. His background, his ever-changing hairstyles, his attitude, his game - I'm a fan of all of it. I think he's going to be a valuable piece of the Spurs for years to come. I just want us all to pump the breaks a bit on the hype train.
Even as Gregg Popovich hints at Sochan opening the season as a starter for the Spurs, I'd encourage everyone to temper their expectations. This is still a player who has plenty to work on before he's ready to be a difference-maker at the NBA level.
The biggest questions around Sochan's potential today are centered on his shooting ability. He shot just under 30 percent from behind the arc during his lone season with the Baylor Bears and through four preseason games, he hasn't looked much better - shooting a hair above 15 percent from behind the arc and 27 percent from the field.
To be fair, Sochan was never brought in to be a lights-out shooter. The real value he will bring will be through his versatility on offense, his ability to push the pace and create for others, and his switchability on the defensive end of the floor where the Spurs front office hopes that someday he can fly from position to position without missing a beat.
Sochan is going to be a key cog in the Spurs for years to come, but let's not ask more of him than what is reasonable in his first season.