4 Spurs that need monster second halves of the season to save their jobs

The regular season is winding down, and while teams are battling for the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs will be evaluating four players with a lot to prove.

Malaki Branham, Victor Wembanyama, Zach Collins
Malaki Branham, Victor Wembanyama, Zach Collins / Sam Hodde/GettyImages
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3) Zach Collins

Starter turned fringe backup center Zach Collins has had the biggest fall of any Spurs player this season. He went from being seen as an underrated backup center to becoming a capable starter, even receiving an extension for two years and $35 million at the start of the season.

Collins will need to use the team's remaining games to play with more consistency. That may be harder for him to do since his once-promising 3-point shot has seemingly abandoned him and he has been bricking threes. The Spurs may also look to give Dom Barlow more minutes to see what he can do, limiting the opportunities for Collins to prove himself unless the team looks to rest Victor Wembanyama more.

Either way, Collins will have to play better to justify keeping him around, especially since he's a backup getting paid starter money, and San Antonio would be fine with a healthy Charles Bassey as Wembanyama's backup. The pressure is on him to play better, or he may be dealt this summer, with his contract potentially serving as a matching salary in a deal for Young.