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Predicting the Spurs' roster season awards for 2022-23

Luka Doncic, Joshua Primo
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Spurs' Defensive Player of the Year - Tre Jones

With Jakob Poeltl splitting minutes with Zach Collins, I’m not sure he’ll get enough floor time to make a run at an award he would have a good shot at winning. The Tre Jones agenda grows stronger every day. 

Last season, he was near the top of the team in defensive rating and defensive win shares. In college, he was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time member of the All-Defensive team.

Tre Jones is the only current Spur who can implement a full-court press every single possession. His motor never runs out, and as soon as his man gets the ball, he’s all over him.

Jones is not the most athletic or lengthy point guard in the league, in fact, he’s undersized. He should be a poor defender, but his speed and scrappiness allow him to dive for balls and reach for steals that most players would never dream of getting. 

If you don’t believe Jones is a physical, hustle player, you’re just wrong. He had more rebounds per 36 minutes than Doug McDermott and Josh Primo, who each have nearly a foot of height on him. 

Last season, as a bench player, his defensive numbers were all better than your average starting point guard. If he does indeed start, Spurs fans should become familiar with Seth Greenburg’s line: “He can defend and disrupt.”