4 Most underrated players on the San Antonio Spurs roster

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1.) Zach Collins

Projected starting center Zach Collins will play his biggest role yet with the Spurs next season. After taking a chance and signing him to a 3-year contract, Collins has repaid the Spurs' faith in him by developing into one of the more underrated centers in the NBA. He displayed that following the Jakob Poeltl trade. In 16 starts post-trade, he averaged a strong 16.5 points, 8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and shot 37.4% from deep.

With Wembanyama now on board and apparently playing the four, Collins will likely play a big role in San Antonio's frontcourt. He'll start along with their number-one pick as well as play with Sochan in bench lineups. His ability to score in the post, knock open threes, and pass makes him the ideal offensive fit next to either Wembanyama or Sochan. Even as the fourth-best offensive player in the starting five, he is skilled enough to capitalize when he is an afterthought for opposing defenses.

That could be particularly useful because Wembanyama will likely be guarded by the other team's best big man. Defensively, Collins showed growth as a rim protector and doesn't appear afraid to be the Spurs enforcer. With Wemby sure to get pushed around early, that is useful in its own right. Don't be surprised if Collins plays a bigger role than expected next season and proves why he is the Spurs' most underrated player.


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