Ranking all San Antonio Spurs through 15 games
By Cal Durrett
San Antonio Spurs Tier 2: 10-6
Keita Bates-Diop's role with the Spurs has been something of a surprise thus far. In the preseason, he beat out former first-round pick Luka Samanic for the final roster spot. Now he's managed to carve out a spot in the rotation and has even proven to be a serviceable player, particularly on defense.
Drew Eubanks wasn't particularly good to start the season but has stepped up with Jakob Poeltl out. He's performed admirably, particularly on the offensive end, and has been one of the most productive players on the team, on a per-minute basis. Still, he hasn't been able to match Poeltl's strong defensive play and the Spurs have struggled as a result. Therefore, when he returns, Eubanks' role is likely to remain limited.
After a slow start to the season, Thaddeus Young has come on strong recently. On the season, he's now averaging an impressive 8.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists, while shooting 59.7% from the field.
Additionally, he's provided the Spurs with another facilitator, one who is adept at finding teammates for easy shots while operating at the top of the free-throw line. It’s unknown whether he'll finish the season with the Spurs, though his play has certainly helped the team and definitely hasn't hurt his trade value.
Lonnie Walker has struggled through his contract year and, despite some exciting flashes, has mostly disappointed this season. To his credit, he's made some strides as a playmaker, though he has the worst true shooting percentage on the team and his shot selection is the main culprit. After all, he's been over-reliant on threes and seldom gets to the rim, both of which will need to change for him to begin to turn his season around.
Doug McDermott has provided San Antonio with some much-needed scoring and shooting after being signed in the offseason to do just that. He’s averaging a highly-efficient 10.4 points in just 25.6 minutes per game while shooting a red-hot 46.2% from three (through 14 games). All in all, he's lived up to expectations and has proven to be the team's best shooter.