Grading Jeremy Sochan’s first 6 games with Spurs
By Oscar Barkis
Game 1: 129-102 loss vs Charlotte (Grade: 7/10)
Sochan: 4 pts (2-8, 0-2 from 3), 7 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl in 27 minutes
Even as the youngest Spur to ever start on opening night, Jeremy looked confident. The team came out of the gate slow, losing to the Hornets without LaMelo Ball, but there was a lot to like about Sochan’s performance. I gave him a 9 in defensive consistency, as he crashed the boards and defended like a bat out of hell while only picking up two fouls. His shot looked shaky, yet his basketball IQ flashed in that he always knew where to be (offensive consistency: 5).
Game 2: 137-134 win @ Indiana (Grade: 5.5/10)
Sochan: 4 pts (2-4, 0-1 from 3), 5 reb, 1 ast in 21 minutes
In a game that was much closer than it needed to be and surprisingly turned into an offensive shootout. Sochan wasn’t as big of a part of this one as I would’ve liked him to be. He showcased some fun pump-and-drive ability, which is by far his strong suit on the offensive end is getting to the rim and crowding the passing lanes on defense. I gave him an OC score of 4 and a DC score of 7. It was the Pacers; I expected him to pop more than he did.
Game 3: 115-104 win @ Philadelphia (Grade: 4/10)
Sochan: 1 pts (0-3, 0-2 from 3), 3 reb, 1 ast, 1 blk in 10 minutes
Now, if I were grading the Spurs' performance in this one, they would’ve broken the scales. The joy I received in the team surprising Philly (leading the Sixers to start the season 0-3), followed by Spurs Twitter acting a fool has yet to be matched this season. As far as Jeremy’s play, he wasn’t able to show much in the ten minutes he was on the floor, as Doug McDermott took up a lot of time at forward because the team needed offense in this one. OC=3, DC=5.
Game 4: 115-106 win @ Minnesota (Grade: 8/10)
Sochan: 14 pts (7-9, 0-2 from 3), 4 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl in 23 minutes
This was Jeremy’s breakout performance, his best to this point in the season. It was obvious that he felt he had something to prove after playing sparingly in the previous game. I know this is also around the time that Sochan began getting private shooting workouts with assistant Brett Brown. Though that didn’t show up in his three-point shot, it did help with his offensive consistency (9). Switching between KAT, Gobert, and Edwards, he got into foul trouble (5 fouls), but even the fact that he was confident defending those guys gives him a DC of 7.