With the 2021-22 NBA Season just around the corner, fans of all teams are reaching ecstatic levels. The San Antonio Spurs are projected to be a middle-of-the-road team at best, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some awesome and compelling individual storylines.
Team predictions are all well and good, but how players do in single-game situations is why many people watch the sport. Each Spur should ball out this season, and while basketball is a team sport, every man on the roster should have at least one chance to show their skills. Here is my prediction for the best stat line each player will put up in the upcoming season.
Al-Farouq Aminu: 14 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks
Assuming Al-Farouq Aminu receives playing time in the Silver and Black, his best game may not make the highlight reels or ESPN talk shows, but it should still be an impressive feat of efficiency and gritty play.
Aminu rarely shoots from deep, so all his shots in this hypothetical game should come from inside the paint. Per 36 minutes last season, he averaged over ten rebounds a game, so 12 is not out of the question. Granted, he won’t see a 36-minute game this year, but in the rare chance that he plays the majority of the game, he could reveal himself to be a true presence in the paint.
Keita Bates-Diop: 17 points, 8 rebounds, two steals
Keita Bates-Diop resigned with the Spurs on a two-year contract, so clearly, the front office wants him around. While he isn’t even making $2 million a year, he is the 16th-highest-paid Spur (or third lowest-paid!) his salary represents the minutes he will receive.
Similar to Aminu, I don’t see Bates-Diop getting big minutes. Devin Vassell has certainly surpassed him on the depth chart. That being said, if Keita can shoot from deep with more accuracy and confidence, I can see him having a solid, well-rounded game with good defense. His per-36 stats suggest he’s capable of it, so why not?
Zach Collins: 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3/3 on shots from deep
Zach Collins is hard to read because he’s battled injuries a lot in his young career. If he’s fully healthy, these numbers could nearly double. However, I don’t exactly think of Collins as a big-game type of guy. His averages this season could be 12 points and 8 rebounds.
While his “big game” prediction is not flattering, I do think he could be a great third option at center behind Jakob Poeltl and Jock Landale. He spreads the floor pretty well, and coming off the bench with double-digit points is always a good thing.