Jeremy Sochan: Sixth Man of the Year
Spurs fans argued over which players would end up on the bench, and Popovich finally announced the starting lineup following the second-to-last game of the preseason. Though Tre Jones was the odd man out for San Antonio as they approach their season opener on Wednesday night, this team will likely see several changes to their lineups and rotations as the year progresses.
Jeremy Sochan has earned starting point guard duties, but there is still a chance the coaching staff will move him to the second unit. As much as that might disappoint the fanbase, he has plenty of experience coming off the bench. The second-year playmaker won Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year during his lone season at Baylor, and his development as a defender and shooter could help him dominate reserves.
Sochan has demonstrated the ability to set aside his ego for the better of the team. He had no problem taking the public ridicule that came when he switched to one-handed free throws last season. The Polish prospect has also embraced criticism from those claiming he can't be a point guard. No one should doubt whether he would be willing to shift to the second unit if it means the Spurs win more games.
His charisma and leadership have made Sochan a fan favorite, and following in the footsteps of Manu Ginobili would only raise his status. The Silver and Black faithful are already delighted he suits up for their hometown team, and contending for Sixth Man of the Year would make him an invaluable asset.