Lightning never strikes the same place twice. Luckily for the San Antonio Spurs it appears that striking the same place three times is perfectly fine, as for the third time in franchise history they landed the first overall pick in the NBA Draft the same year that a generational big was entering the league.
With Victor Wembanyama all but a lock to be wearing a Spurs jersey next season, the San Antonio rebuild has been jumpstarted in a major way. Wembanyama's skillset and upside will draw free agents like a moth to a flame. Which free agents might be a good fit to start building around a 7'5" guard-wing-center who represents the future of the league?
While the basketball fit on-court matters, a player's fit into "Spurs culture" matters just as much. Does a player have an excellent work ethic? Do they elevate team goals above personal ones? Are they forces for good in their communities? Do they conduct themselves with integrity on and off the court? And finally, are they proficient in the pick-and-pop: that is, picking out a bottle of wine and popping the cork at one of Gregg Popovich's famous wine outings?
Not every free agent on the market fits the bill, but some certainly do, and their interest in heading deep into the heart of Texas has suddenly increased exponentially. Who might fit right in on the Spurs heading into a new chapter of team success?
No. 6: Joe Ingles, Milwaukee Bucks
The San Antonio Spurs have a long history of thriving with the Australian players on their roster, from Patty Mills to Aron Baynes to most recently Jock Landale. Joe Ingles could become the latest in a long line of success from the Land of Oz.
Ingles is connective tissue for whatever team he is on, an excellent locker room influence and veteran mentor at this point in his career. On the court he is a gifted passer and shooter without demanding the ball or jacking up shots; in essence, the perfect player to take the court with. After proving he is back healthy after a serious knee injury, Ingles could move on to a new team and joining the Spurs to help make life easier for Wembanyama and a young core sounds like just the ticket for the next chapter of Ingles' career.