San Antonio Spurs: Examining options at backup center
Option 2: Jock Landale
Jock Landale was recently signed by the Spurs after spending last season in the NBL. While there, Landale averaged an impressive 16.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks while shooting 54.5% from the field. Additionally, he shot 38.9% from three on 3.6 attempts, making him a potential stretch five in the NBA.
Were that the case, Landale could prove to be an underrated signing, especially when considering his ability to finish at the rim, his rim protection, and rebounding. In theory, he could prove to be a taller and longer (albeit slightly less athletic) version of Eubanks that has the ability to be a pick and pop and spot-up threat from three.
That said, I think that he may struggle early on despite his intriguing skillset. While Landale has years of experience playing professional basketball, the 25-year-old may need to take some time to adjust to the NBA. For instance, the NBL's 3-point line is at least a foot shorter than the NBA's line, meaning that his 3-point percentage could decrease playing for the Spurs next season.
Additionally, he may struggle with committing fouls early on in games due to discrepancies between NBA and NBL officiating. After all, former Spur, Aaron Baynes, experienced the same issues during his first two seasons with the team. It also remains to be seen how well he will hold up defending quicker and more athletic players. It's certainly possible that Landale can adjust quicker than expected, though, in my opinion, it may be difficult for him to surpass Eubanks in the rotation next season.