San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich surprised many when he opted to start Jeremy Sochan, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, Victor Wembanyama, and Zach Collins together. The Spurs' "tall-ball" lineup looks like something out of NBA2K, given how unorthodox it is.
Starting three players 6'9 or taller is unusual in today's game, never mind that one of those players is one of the tallest in league history. If nothing else, it will be fascinating to watch, and if the experiment works out, it could be a nightmare for opposing defenses to try and stop.
However, after only a couple of preseason games and a couple of regular season games, it is still far too early to see how the tall-ball lineup fare. Wembanyama is still getting adjusted to the speed and physicality of the NBA. Additionally, his new teammates are still adjusting to having a new centerpiece that can command double-teams and that they can play off of.
It will no doubt be a welcome change of pace, especially after last season's team, which won just 22 games. With that in mind, let's see why Spurs fans should be excited to see tall-ball in action this season.