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Ranking the Spurs' top 5 scorers so far

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#4: Jakob Poeltl - 12.3ppg

Jakob Poeltl puts up the third most points for the Spurs and is 26th among centers, but I fail to see him as a scorer. His ability to snag rebounds, distribute the ball, and run the pick and roll stand out to me. 

Sure, he seems to have that floater from the paint down and occasionally attacks the rim with aggression, but he is neither an athlete nor a mid-range threat. To establish himself as a top scorer on this team, he needs to be one of those. 

Since coming to San Antonio in the Kawhi Leonard trade, his points-per-game averages have more than doubled from 5.5 to 12.3. He looks a lot more confident as a focal point of the offense and is arguably a top-seven center in the league.

That ranking is mostly due to his defensive presence and the fact that he is third in the league in offensive rebounds. Second-chance points are hard to come by in this league, and when you combine that with elite rim protection, you get a solid center. The added scoring is just a plus, and the Spurs aren’t good enough for anyone aside from Poeltl to take the number four spot.