San Antonio Spurs - The Starting Bigs
While he's not the crazy athletic shooting big man Spurs fans have been dying for, Jakob Poeltl has easily earned the starting center role. The work Poeltl does defensively has him up there with the best defending bigs in the NBA, and it's scary to think about where San Antonio's defense would've been without him patrolling the paint last year.
With an increased role last season, Poeltl's offensive game saw a decent rise, as he seemed to get more comfortable in the pick and roll and even finally found his free throw shooting touch late. With continued growth in those areas, I don't see any reason his starting gig should be in question any time soon.
Probably the biggest thing missing from the starting lineup last season was outside shooting, and it frequently led to slow starts for the Silver and Black. With DeMar DeRozan and Keldon Johnson not providing much of an outside threat, teams were able to pack the paint and close off driving lanes without worrying. Having Doug McDermott on the floor should change that.
The 6-8 forward is a career 40.7% shooter from the outside and has eclipsed the 42% mark multiple times throughout his seven years in the league. Although he may be undersized against some of the league's bigger frontcourts, McDermott brings enough of an offensive threat both from the outside and on the drive to warrant a starting spot in this system.
The Big Man Rotation in San Antonio
While this is just my preferred rotation heading into the season, I would expect Gregg Popovich to use training camp and his natural instincts to shuffle these guys around in the coming weeks to see what works best. After all, there are plenty of unknowns for the team heading into the year, and this is definitely one of them.