2.) Julian Champagnie
The Spurs signed Julian Champagnie to a team-friendly contract this offseason in hopes that he can blossom into a sound long-term role player. He showed exceptional shooting ability at the end of last season, and he is now looking to separate himself from proven veterans like Cedi Osman and Doug McDermott. Displaying enticing defensive versatility will be crucial for the young forward as he fends off more experienced players for a spot in the rotation.
Though San Antonio has some solid shooters on this squad, only a handful are capable defenders. Devonte' Graham and Doug McDermott put forth an admirable effort, but opponents love to target them. If Julian can demonstrate his two-way potential over the last three preseason games, he could earn a more significant role from Popovich. Having a legitimate 3-and-D forward might even convince the Spurs to trade one of their wings to open more minutes.