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Building the ideal small ball lineup for the San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs, Tre Jones, Devin Vassell
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Center - Jeremy Sochan

With three scorers in Primo, Johnson, and Vassell and a true point guard in Tre Jones, the Spurs need a bruiser in the paint. Normally that would be Jakob Poeltl, but when called upon, Jeremy Sochan can be that guy. 

An expected day-one starter, in my small ball lineup I think he would shift over a position. In one year at Baylor, he wasn’t putting up insane points–only 9.2 a night. That being said, he can guard all five positions with some degree of reliability and can snag rebounds–6.4 per night in 25 minutes at Baylor and four per night in preseason in 19 minutes. 

He is an athletic big who can score in the midrange and use his athleticism to block shots, get over defenders, and block multiple shots on the same possession, as he did against Houston in his preseason debut. 

Against Zion Williamson, he held his own and prevented the biggest player in the league from having his way with him. I don’t expect him to be able to fully shut down Zion, Giannis, and Embiid, but then again, who can?

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Sochan is not a scoring threat from deep, but he can pop in the midrange and act as a pick-and-roll partner for Jones or Primo. There will be some growing pains, but expect him to be mentioned in ROTY talks, even if he isn’t a lock to win.