Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge still questionable in the next game with a thumb injury. He already missed two straight games. With this situation, Gregg Popovich inserted Jakob Poeltl to the starting unit. While Chimezie Metu earned his minutes for two games. The two did their best as the Spurs split their games.
Jakob Poeltl has a double-double against the Chicago Bulls. He’s been a force on both ends of the court. The big man from Austria been perfect except on his free throw which the Bulls capitalized. Underrated offensively which can score in an efficient way under the rim. With more minutes he forces to score more, made in his own way. Jakob Poeltl most important things that the Spurs need from him is his excellent defense. No center in this league that Jakob Poeltl that others can do. He doesn’t need to jump on everybody to get the boards or blocks shot. The big man had the right timing to do these things. He’s doing it in the most effective way he can.
The next thing is the minutes of Chimezie Metu. The second player from Nigeria is doing well in his second game. With those two games, Metu scored aggressively looking for his shot. He’s looking for every defensive rebound. If given more shot to the floor he’s the big man Spurs need because he can really knock down shots from the arc.
Spurs had a history of making great players when given the opportunity to show. Derrick White takes advantage of it when Dejounte Murray’s out with an ACL injury. He became a regular on rotation and entrusted by Gregg Popovich to close the game. Same with Danny Green in the past. Which became a starter since 2012, then a key contributor to a championship team. Spurs also had Bryn Forbes who started for more the 100 games. Jonathan Simmons another undrafted guy who had a good role in his day with the Spurs.
The Spurs players have been minutes short to fill their roles. This two big man is going to be a free agent after this season. Their improvement a key if the Spurs will extend them. They had the potential to be good role players for San Antonio. They are guys who had disciplined and character.