When this topic was pitched to the Air Alamo team as something to monitor throughout the preseason, I had a few names in mind. If any of the rookies (or Josh Primo) stood out, whether good or bad, they would be an easy choice. Seeing if a slimmed-down Keldon Johnson's game would change was something that a lot of tuned-in Spurs fans were looking forward to, though he and Primo were set to miss most of the preseason (both ended up making it back for San Antonio’s final two games).
Also intriguing was the chance to check in on the play of the team’s veterans, with hopes of fetching a good return for them in a trade at some point this season. That said, my list flew out the window after preseason game one. The way that new Spur Isaiah Roby played against the Rockets was more than I could’ve hoped for, as he put up 12 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block and showed the ability to guard any position. And that’s not to mention the fact that Coach Popovich side-stepped a question about Jeremy Sochan to praise Roby’s performance:
Isaiah Roby showed that the Spurs made a good call adding him to the roster
Writing this now with the hindsight of four more games behind the Spurs, I’m glad I didn’t sit down and write a piece then and there. I probably would’ve written some incredibly hot take, such as “I think that Isaiah Roby starts at power forward for the Spurs.” Of course, we now know that the starter at 4 is most likely going to be Jeremy Sochan (thank goodness). But I did want to take some time to shout out Roby, a hard worker who will provide both consistency and versatility off the bench this season.