Tre Jones: 10 points, 12 assists, 4 steals
Tre Jones can be the point guard of the future. I’ll say it one more time: Tre Jones can be the point guard of the future! I don’t want Tre to ever average over ten points a game his entire career. He is a defensive stopper in the making and should become one of the better passers in the entire league.
In his second year, putting up a double-double with great defense would be a statement. The young man out of Duke will probably never start over Dejounte Murray, but he could make a case for the two of them to play side-by-side in the unfortunate event that Derrick White plays elsewhere. Jones can pass and defend with the best of them, so his inability to score at high volume won’t be an issue at all.
Jock Landale: 25 points, 12 rebounds, 6/8 from three
Jock Landale is a floor spacer, which is something the Spurs organization hasn’t really had since Boris Diaw. If he’s utilized right, he can defend down low and shoot from the corner or midrange.
I fully expect Poeltl to start the season as the starting center, but as the year goes on, Landale will get more and more playing time. Once he does, he should have a handful of games where he just doesn’t miss. Also, in Australia, he was an excellent rebounder, which complements his offensive weapons very well.
Doug McDermott: 35 points, 11/13 from deep
Doug McDermott is coming off the best season of his career at the age of 29. It should be no surprise if he becomes a weapon in San Antonio. He is a career 40% 3-point shooter seven years in.
35 points is a lot, especially for a potential bench player. So how will this happen? The Spurs will play a team and Murray, Johnson, and Landale will absolutely obliterate them in the midrange and the interior. The next time they meet, the defensive scheme will be ready for that.
McDermott will light it up as soon as he checks in, and when the defense adjusts, the Spurs will go back to midrange. Once the defense reverts to their original plan, McDermott will get the green light. They don’t call him “Dougie McBuckets” for no reason.