Prediction 3: Poeltl will become more of a playmaker
Poeltl quietly averaged a solid 1.9 assists per game for a center last season, suggesting that he could become more of a playmaker next season. After all, now that players such as DeMar DeRozan and Patty Mills are gone, San Antonio will likely experiment with having players other than Dejounte Murray and Derrick White create.
Therefore, I believe Poeltl will be given the opportunity to act as more of a facilitator, similar to former Spurs big men such as Tim Duncan, Splitter, Boris Diaw, and Pau Gasol. While he may not evolve into as good of a passer as those players, he could still develop into a useful playmaker in his own right.
For instance, he could be used in both the high and the low post to find cutters. He could also be effective in dribble handoffs situations, where he can combine passing and screen-setting to free up shooters like Doug McDermott and Bryn Forbes for open shots.
Ultimately, Poeltl’s potential as a playmaker is still somewhat theoretical. However, if given the chance to create more for others, he could surprise many next season.
With the start of the season just weeks away, Spurs fans won't have to wait too long to see just how accurate these predictions are. However, regardless of the accuracy, Poeltl should be poised for a strong season.