Sit or Play: Which Spurs should see a shift in minutes after the All-Star Break?
Zach Collins: Play
Zach Collins inherited the starting center position after the Spurs shipped Jakob Poeltl to Toronto at the trade deadline. San Antonio has trotted him out for 30.5 minutes per game since that blockbuster transaction. And the 25-year-old should maintain his stranglehold on his starting gig and every responsibility that comes with it. Collins protects the hoop, functions as a high-post passing hub, and stretches the court. This job is his to lose.
Charles Bassey: Play
San Antonio got a sample of what Charles Bassey can do with the second unit earlier this season when he filled in for the shorthanded rotation. And General Manager Brian Wright finally rewarded the second-year center by converting his two-way contract into a standard four-year deal during the All-Star Break. Bassey is the only person who should see backup minutes at the five from here on out. He earned this opportunity to shine.
Gorgui Dieng: Sit
Do you know who deserves a roaring round of applause for his under-the-radar contributions and utter patience during the first year of this rebuild? Gorgui freaking Dieng. The 33-year-old has been the perfect locker-room presence for the youngest roster in franchise history, and the Spurs could not ask for a more selfless veteran. His spot isn't on the court, and he has come to terms with that. How about another shoutout for Dieng?