People surprised when the Spurs selected Samanic 19th overall. They think he is too high to pick early, but the front office thinks differently. They saw something that the kid from Europe is something special. A perfect project for the team.
With the annual event of Panini of America NBA Rookie Photoshoot, the rookie together with others and fellow Spurs. He talked to the media and give his takes how he can help the Spurs.
“I’m a versatile player. I can play offense and defense, ” Samanic said. “I think I can switch from the one position to the five positions”
In two Summer Leagues, he showed his potential. The young big man can post up, dribble, pass and beat his man one on one. Samanic averages 11 points, 6 boards, 3 assists, and 1 steal. Shit 38% from the arc and can improve his confidence. With the proper workout with the best shooting coach Chip England.
To do this mechanic, Samanic will take more of his time in G League. On which like of Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and others did before to have a great career. These guys used G League to develop their potential.
“Just playing offense or whatever Coach Pop wants me to plays., Samanic said.
With that said event, he felt excited about his first trading card photo snapped.
” To get my first Panini card feels awesome. I’m excited to keep signing those and people can buy it“, Luka said.
Samanic was just a rookie but talked with confidence. Excited to play and success with Coach Popovich. He can’t wait to learn the system. The kid thinks like a veteran.
” With the Spurs, it starts from defense” he ended.