The Spurs have been on a roller coaster of thrilling highs and deflating lows through the first eight games of their regular season schedule. One of the most controversial topics among fans has been the decision from Gregg Popovich to start Jeremy Sochan at point guard. His lack of experience at the position has resulted in inconsistent performance, which is understandable considering he is still learning the ins and outs of a new role. However, a defensive specialist had some encouraging words for the second-year Baylor product.
Patrick Beverley has been a thorn in the side of countless high-profile scorers, and his attention to detail is second to none, making it all the more encouraging that he praised Sochan on the latest episode of his podcast. The veteran discussed the potential he sees in Sochan, even comparing his trajectory to Kawhi Leonard. While Spurs fans have soured on their former franchise player, it would be exciting if the Polish playmaker followed in his footsteps and transformed himself from a defensive specialist into a full-fledged superstar.
Kawhi also took significant time to reach his All-NBA ceiling, with his first four seasons in the league being a slow developmental burn. Coach Pop has thrown Sochan into the fire faster than he did with Leonard, but San Antonio can afford to let him learn through his mistakes since there is no pressure for this young core to take home a championship right away. Even if Sochan has immense untapped potential, we should temper expectations and proceed with cautious optimism.
If Sochan can hone his skills and continue developing alongside young talents like Devin Vassell and Victor Wembanyama, the Spurs could be in line to form another dynasty. It is easy to get carried away and anticipate extraordinary things when we witness the seemingly limitless promise of this team. The core is an exhilarating group, and the recognition from past and present players only adds to the feverish anticipation for the future.