2.) Zach Collins
On paper, Zach Collins has the tools to be a perfect frontcourt partner for Victor Wembanyama. He can match up with bruising centers on the block, space the floor with a dependable three-ball, and deliver accurate passes as one of the best high-post facilitators in the NBA. However, the reality is those traits have failed to materialize consistently.
The seven-footer has attempted almost four three-pointers per game, but Collins has only buried 27% of those looks, a career-worst mark. His entry passes to the Parisian phenom have been off target. And his pick-and-roll defense has suffered because of the low-grade screen navigation from an abundance of his teammates at the point of attack.
Opponents have outscored San Antonio by 9.3 points per 100 possessions when Collins and Wembanyama share the floor, a somewhat discouraging margin considering their theoretical synergy. On the bright side, the Spurs are less than an eighth into their regular season schedule, and Coach Pop has time to figure out how to get them on the same page.