San Antonio Spurs forward Luka Samanic will be entering a pivotal year in his young NBA career in the 2021-2022 season. The 21-year-old has shown flashes of his impressive latent talent this season, however, he will need to show a lot more in order to stick with the Spurs.
With the potential departures of DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay, there is a clear path for Samanic to receive minutes next season, at least for the time being. If next season is indeed a transitional year for the Spurs, Samanic playing as the backup power forward will provide him with a chance to prove himself in his third season.
There's a lot to like about Samanic's game; he's an athletic 6'10 stretch four who can also attack off the dribble, exploit mismatches in the post, defend on the perimeter, rebound, and pass. All that being said, he has yet to put all of those intriguing tools together and it's uncertain whether or not he actually will.
So, with all of that in mind, what will Samanic need to improve on, what is he already proficient at, and what does it all mean for his future with the team?