San Antonio Spurs Free Agency

San Antonio Spurs: Top Offensive Free Agent at Each Position

Jonah Kubicek
Spencer Dinwiddie - Golden State Warriors v Brooklyn Nets
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Enes Kanter - Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers / Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Center - Enes Kanter

To be honest, I would not be thrilled about this acquisition. There really aren’t that many options at center in this year’s free-agent class who aren’t well over 30 or on the decline. Kanter is not an elite player by any means, but he certainly fills a role the Spurs are missing out on.

Don’t get me wrong, Jakob Poeltl is one of the best defensive-minded bigs in the NBA. But scoring has always been an issue for him. This is also a list of offensive weapons, and Kanter has proven that he can be just that.

Over the course of his career, he has averaged just over 11 points a night, but he has not really been a starting-quality center. While I don't think he should take the Spurs' starting spot over Poeltl, with an increased role, he could gain the opportunity to become more of a scorer.

That being said, if Coach Popovich were to construct a lineup with Kanter's defensive flaws in mind, then he could be paired with Keldon Johnson or John Collins (fingers crossed) in the frontcourt. Both of those guys are stronger and more physical, so they could make up for the gaps in Kanter’s game.

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Lastly, Kanter is also a very good offensive rebounder, so second-chance shots will be raining down on opposing teams. The fit in the current starting five simply isn’t there, but if he were to play a significant role off the bench, then he could prove to be a very underrated signing by the Spurs.

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