This past Tuesday, it was announced that the San Antonio Spurs signed Melbourne United's Jock Landale to a two-year deal. The signing came as a bit of a last-minute surprise after the team had already used the large majority of their cap space.
Considering that Landale is already 25 years old and being acquired directly from the NBL, many Spurs fans seemed to either remain unassuming about the pickup or be entirely unaware of him in the first place. Most didn't seem to know what to think about him.
Since that day, though, fans have overwhelmingly begun to warm up to Landale. The fact alone that he's a 6'11" big man that can shoot the ball was enough for most to grow very optimistic about him. That optimism was further solidified after fans discovered that he was one of Patty Mills' teammates on the Australian National Team at the Tokyo Olympics. In his games in Tokyo, he averaged 13.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game.
He, along with Mills, Joes Ingles, Aron Baynes, Dante Exum, Matthew Dellavedova, Josh Green, and Matisse Thybulle led the Boomers to a bronze-medal finish and Australia's first medal in the team's history. He played a significant role for the team and may not have placed in the top three if it weren't for his performances.
While looking at Landale's international stats this past season is certainly a good way to warm up to him, there are other indicators that suggest he could be one of the biggest steals in free agency.