With the lack of depth in the frontcourt, the Spurs need another big. A big who can handle his business in the paint. The Spurs only had LaMarcus Aldridge and Jakob Poeltl. The team relies heavily on them as they had no other option.
The big man from Nigeria is doing a great job in the World Cup. His national team will be in Tokyo, Japan this 2020 Olympics. He’s doing flashes in every game putting basket, blocking shots. A highlight pass and dunks, he adds three on his game. Which a perfect fit as a big man in modern basketball.
The young center was behind in-depth chart with Drew Eubanks an undrafted from Oregon. Metu had the potential to be a good role player. He can hit buckets from midrange and athletic to bothers shots. On his third season in USC, he averaged 2 blocks per game. This is what the Spurs need with Aldridge’s age.
With the way, Chimezie Metu gaining confidence in the tournament Popovich will give him a chance. On limited minutes he had with the Spurs the 25% of his rebounds were offensive. Sign of it that he is fighting for possession to give his team second chances. Offensively Metu had potential with his athleticism. If he can stay focused and being healthy in training camp, Metu could be a huge factor in the paint.