With Spur’s lack of big, it cost them games to lost. LaMarcus Aldridge and Jakob Poeltl out recently with an injury that the Spurs just recorded 1-3. The team relied on Trey Lyles, Rudy Gay, and Drew Eubanks to play with the center position. The Spurs overpower, outrebounded and unmatch in the paint.
With LaMarcus Aldridge had one year left on his contract and already 35, the Spurs need another big to put depth form the roster. If we presumed Jakob Poeltl resign with the Spurs, they still another big as insurance. Chimezie Metu is another option, Drew Eubanks might consider for limited minutes. The Spurs 2015 pick Nikola Milutinuv from Serbia is playing well in Europe. Already 25 years old and he’s might ready for the next level of basketball. His coach at Olympiakos agrees that his ready to be in the league.
I think that he’s improved himself so much that it’s a question why he’s not in the NBA. I think that you can’t easily find big guys of his height who are so skilled. Who can pass, who can shoot, who can post, who can handle the ball really well? Rebounding. I think he can play in the NBA or in the top level of EuroLeague. I think now, it’s up to him to decide. For me, he’s an NBA player,” Sfairopoulos said in an interview with the Serbian website Nova.
To tell you the truth, when we signed Milutinov on Olympiacos, I was criticized a lot because he was very young, very fragile and maybe not ready to participate in EuroLeague for the majority of the fans or journalists,” Sfairopoulos said. “But I knew he was really talented and a really remarkable player. A player who can be top-level in EuroLeague and an NBA player. We worked with him a lot, not only me but also the assistant coaches and everybody in the organization of Olympiacos. He’s a great kid, a great worker, and a great personality.”
The big man averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds in Euroleague. He’s a good cutter, excellent finisher around the rim. Been perfect for a pick and roll. Nikola Milutinov is more athletic than Jakob Poeltl. They can make more impact on the Spurs at the paint. Like the Austrian big man, Milutinov runs at the transition both ends of the court. With the young Spurs guard who loves open court, they can be more productive. A guy who has a good touch from the perimeter that never force shot.
Five years of experience in Europe is good enough like what they did to Tiago Splitter. A better option which they can save a lot of cap space.