4 Reasons Spurs fans should be excited about the new tall-ball starting lineup

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4.) Collins' passing ability will be on display

Without a traditional playmaker in the starting lineup, Spurs center Zach Collins has taken on more play-making responsibilities. The results have been impressive. Collins led the team in assists in the preseason and racked up eight against the Houston Rockets, helping lead the team to its first win of the season.

As the starting lineup gets more reps together, Collins and his passing figures to play an even bigger role. Popovich could use him in much the same way that he used Hall of Famer Pau Gasol during his Spurs career. Gasol played out near the 3-point line and threw entry passes and drop passes to LaMarcus Aldridge for easy baskets.

Collins could do the same with Wembanyama, specifically throwing lobs. With enough spacing around them, they could develop a nice two-man game and Collins can also knock down threes if his defender sags off him to try and double Wembanyama.

Collins being an offensive threat should help him create for others, with teams having to account for him away from the basket. Additionally, opposing teams aren't able to put a smaller player on him, with him backing him down in the post. Collins allows the Spurs to play big without sacrificing spacing or shot creation.