Zach Collins recent stretch brings up a big question for the Spurs

With roster decisions to be made regarding next season's team, where does Zach Collins fit in the San Antonio Spurs' plans?
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Questions abound as the Spurs move towards the end of a second straight dismal campaign. Roster spots will be available for the taking over the summer, and many changes will occur. As the Silver and Black move toward the next phase of this rebuild, the patience with players and losing ways will further dissipate. Some players important to the team this season will have new roles, some even new teams. The question of Zach Collins' future on the Spurs is up in the air.

Collins signed a two-year extension worth $34.82 million to stay in San Antonio this past October and has been a serviceable player for the team this season. Collins has played in 64 contests this season, with 27 starts. Over the course of the season, Collins is averaging 11.1 points per game, along with 5.3 rebounds per game.

Collins adds plenty of value to the Spurs

At 6’11” and 250 pounds, Collins is athletic enough to carry the offense if need be and is also a threat from deep. He's only hitting 31% of his three-point attempts for the season but that's because of his poor start. Since the All-Star break, Zach has been shooting 48% from distance. He’s also got a quality pedigree coming out of a top-tier college program at Gonzaga.

He’s got intangibles to offer as well. At only 26 years old, Collins is a veteran of the NBA, as he’s in his seventh season. The Spurs don’t have many vets, and Collins is easily their most experienced big man. He also plays a menacing game, routinely getting into scuffles or shoving matches with the other teams’ players. He has a knack for getting under the skin of other players.

Collins is a player the Spurs value in several aspects of the game, including his tenacity, deep scoring and veteran leadership. On an affordable contract over the next two seasons, Collins is a player who should continue to don silver and black next year.