The San Antonio Spurs had an exciting offseason as they introduced number one overall pick Victor Wembanyama to the NBA. The coaching staff tested different lineups and rotations over the last few weeks in preparation for the regular season. And though the national media has been focused on the rookie phenom since he arrived in the 2-1-0, we should look at all the winners and losers from across the roster this preseason.
Winner: Zach Collins
What pundits once viewed as an under-the-radar signing back in 2021 has become an essential piece for the Spurs this season. Zach Collins has been exquisite for San Antonio since becoming the starter after the trade that sent Jakob Poeltl to Toronto. Now paired alongside Wembanyama, the 25-year-old center is in a perfect position to thrive as an enforcer who can stretch the floor.
In 21.7 minutes per game across four preseason appearances, Collins averaged 14.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists on 35.7% shooting from deep. Having a seven-footer who can shoot the three-ball effectively and score on the interior is exactly what the Spurs needed to support their young Frenchman. Additionally, Collins is an impressive passer, finding teammates with pinpoint precision.
Freshly inked to a two-year, $35 million extension, the former Gonzaga Bulldog should be able to settle into a successful career with the Silver and Black.