Gregg Popovich has the luxury of having several two-way talents on his roster, but the San Antonio Spurs will eventually need to come up with a reliable closing lineup to build late-game chemistry.
There isn't one superstar to take over games when they really matter, and that's become painfully apparent in San Antonio's multiple narrow losses so far this season. That probably won't change in season one of the semi-rebuild, so the Spurs will need to start establishing some continuity to combat that.
The ideal closing lineup would consist of mostly two-way players who can make plays on both ends of the floor while also having the size to come down with necessary rebounds and get hands up. They'll also need to generate offense from multiple spots on the floor since they can't rely on an isolation takeover as they've done in the past.
With all that said, let's look at who should be on the floor to close out contests, starting with the center position.
San Antonio Spurs Center: Jakob Poeltl
All you have to do is look back at the past couple of weeks to see how important Jakob Poeltl is to the Spurs. His red-hot start was halted by an unfortunate sidelining due to healthy and safety protocols, but his presence is more important than anyone on the roster not named Dejounte Murray.
Poeltl isn't exactly a two-way player given his limited offense, but he's even made strides in that area with his 14 points per game. He's extremely valuable in every other facet of the game, though. Opponents enjoyed driving parades to the hoop with Jakob gone, but he's one of the best rim-protectors in the game.
Poeltl's size and ability to make up for the defensive mistakes of others will come in handy when the Spurs need stops, and his rebounding on both ends of the floor is essential.
The drawback of closing games with Poeltl is his free throw shooting, but that's just a sacrifice the Spurs will have to make given everything else he offers.