Dejounte Murray: 30 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds, 3 steals
In one of the best individual performances in recent San Antonio Spurs history, Dejounte Murray is unstoppable for a triple-double. The defense is all there as well.
Triple doubles are like a bomb waiting to explode for Murray. They don’t happen that often, but they aren’t unexpected, either. Whichever poor team is on the receiving end of this beatdown will get subtweeted at by him after the game and then lit up again by McDermott the next time they meet.
Jakob Poeltl: 18 points (all in the paint), 14 rebounds, 5 blocks
Jakob Poeltl is one of the best defenders in the league and one of the most underrated centers in all of basketball. His 18 points aren’t incredibly impressive, but his rebounding and defensive effort will be. It will be one of those games where the paint is undoubtedly his and everyone who enters is doing so at their own risk.
Hopefully, Jakob puts up this performance against Brooklyn, just so he can swat James Harden a few more times.
Joshua Primo: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
It’s going to take Joshua Primo a while to get going. He will be the youngest player in the league and only had a single year at Alabama to prepare for the pros. While he may get hot and outperform initial expectations, I suspect his defense and athleticism will be the main draws in his first season.
Two steals off the bench as a rookie is a feat, and coupled with six rebounds is nothing to sneeze at. I expect he won’t be allowed to shoot very much, which is ok. This season is all about development.