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October 21, 2020

Gregg Popovich on Jakob Poeltl: I saw a mini Duncan on him except for that Euro step

With the win over the Charlotte Bobcats, the Spurs big man Jakob Poeltl had a huge game to overcome that 19 points deficit. He’s doing a lot of stuff to lead the Spurs in that third-quarter run. Defending the paint and takeover offensively put the Spurs on top with a dominant second-half showing.

” I witnessed a mini Tim Duncan on him. He scored in pick in rolls, take advantage of his size on the paint. He’s been fantastic for us to lead the comeback. Defensively he’s excellent to set the tone for us. Like Timmy, he did little of everything for us, except for the third quarter Euro Step.”

Spurs big man from Austria had 17 points, 7 rebounds 2 assists, 2 steals and a block. Like Tim Duncan back in his old days, he did everything just to win the game. Jakob Poeltl has been excellent defensively. Same with Duncan who doesn’t jump out of the gym but save a lot of points for his team. It’s on Jakob Poeltl DNA that defense is his priorities. But his underrated offense makes his more special. Even he doesn’t normally demand the ball, Poeltl takes advantage of every opportunity. Few big men running in the transition to save or score points.

Jakob Poeltl had the best defensive rating as a Spurs with 106. With him on the court, the Spurs scored 126. Numbers proved that he’s an elite big man even he barely played 20 minutes per game.

It’s true that there’s something a mini Duncan on him. He’s only 24 and a lot of years to be a good one to develop his offensive skills.

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