Gregg Popovich always insisted the main goal of eight games in the bubble is for growth development. As the youngest team, he ever had at an average of 26 years old they need to improve their basketball skills and the chemistry playing together.
And the young guys responded well. They are 5-2 now with a little chance to make a play in for the final eight spots with one more game remains.
Spurs rookie Keldon Johnson led his Austin Spurs in scoring at the NBA G League is making most in the bubble for the San Antonio.
“For me, it was an opportunity and a challenge ahead,” Johnson said about the team keying on development. “Just take advantage of the opportunity.”
Against the Houston Rockets, Johnson made another career-high, and his first career double double with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
“We have been practicing all year. We have been working hard. We have been grinding in the G League,” Johnson said.
With veteran DeMar DeRozan leading the charge, young guys make a great improvement.
“That’s my little infant. I try to talk to him as much as possible, kind of give him a lot of cheat codes when it comes to moves and everything. He’s got it,” DeRozan said.
Gregg Popovich praises his rookie for what he’s doing in Orlando to help Spurs win.
“That’s what he does. He’s a high-energy guy. Very physical. Very competitive. Very coachable. He’s just a winner,” said Gregg Popovich.
Keldon Johnson scoring 12.7 points and grabbed 5.4 rebounds in seven games so far.