In a down season full of frustrating losses for the San Antonio Spurs, there were a few bright spots for fans to feast their eyes on. One of them was the sensational offensive display by rookie Jeremy Sochan, especially when he closed in on the rim.
That's why it should come as no surprise that the NBA selected Sochan's incredible slam against Sacramento as the fourth-best dunk on their countdown of the top 100 dunks of the season. Even some Kings players had their jaws on the floor when the rookie threw it down on Domantas Sabonis.
In a period when Spurs fans must daydream about the Big Three era and perennial championship contention or hold onto Hall of Fame enshrinements to feel proud of their team, seeing a rookie get some love from the league should bring them joy as they patiently wait for San Antonio to climb back to the top.
It is hard to earn a national spotlight when you play in a small market, and it is even harder to do so when you put together one of the worst seasons in franchise history. However, Sochan was able to put the Silver and Black on the map as he represented them in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend.
With not much to brag about this year, Sochan gave fans hope for a better future for Spurs basketball. The six-eight forward was the fourth rookie in franchise history to average at least ten points, four rebounds, and two assists per game. And he was the first rookie to register those numbers since Tim Duncan in 1997.
The future looks bright for the Spurs as young players like Sochan, Keldon Johnson, and Devin Vassell continue developing. And despite their record, we will remember the good moments from this season, like the time Sochan the Destroyer made us leap off our couch, shaking our heads in disbelief after he posterized Domantas Sabonis.