Spurs announced that their big man will be out for the season as Aldridge will have a surgical procedure into his right shoulder. The six-time All-Star is the team second-leading scorer and leading in rebounds. Aldridge is still one of the best big men in the league. Without him, the Spurs lose an option in the paint and they will feel the lack of veteran leadership. But it will create an opportunity for some guys who play the same position as Aldridge.
The main beneficiary will be Jakob Poeltl who went out for multiple games with a leg injury. The big man just playing under 25 minutes per game with identical average as last year with 5 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists per game. He only played more than 30 minutes just twice. Forty minutes in a double-overtime against the Rockets which he’s been one of the game’s MVP. Jakob Poeltl blocks James Harden twice to save the game. The Spurs win which Poeltl did 6 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 blocks. The more he stayed on the floor the better the Spurs are. He’s a quiet tough man who knows what is his role. A good screed setter to get his teammates open, a really good passer, but his best is on defense. The presence he had on the paint is likely what the team needs to get a better chance. Jakob Poeltl looks slow but he’s fast enough to recover on defense.
With a contract year for him after the Spurs and his camp failed to reach an agreement. This could be the best moment for the big man from Austria. He’s aren’t going to make the team big numbers but being an enforcer is what the team needs.
There’s a chance that Chemizie Metu can get valuable minutes to back up Jakob Poeltl. The center who spent his time in the NBA G League had his moment in limited minutes with San Antonio recently. Metu’s World Cup performance put him on the radar that even Austin Spurs GM Landry Fields praised Metu.
Either Drew Eubanks a two-way player who had his best against Indiana Pacers can earn an increase in playing time. While Trey Lyles that been fantastic without LaMarcus Aldridge can take advantage of the opportunity.
The Spurs can also put Luka Samanic on the court if they wanna want to look at how his progress going on.
The injury could be playing in disguise, the Spurs have David Robinson injuries to winning in the lottery or make it worst like what happened to Kawhi Leonard. Jakob Poeltl isn’t a franchise changer but a good piece to complete the group. Not only for him but to others. The minutes of Aldridge will be given to somebody who deserves most.