Following LaMarcus Aldridge’s departure from the San Antonio Spurs, backup center Jakob Poeltl was very suddenly promoted in his absence. Poeltl played well, particularly on the defensive end, and helped the Spurs move on from Aldridge without skipping a beat.
With Poeltl now in the starting lineup, San Antonio will have to determine who plays behind him next season. Despite Drew Eubanks being surprisingly effective in his limited role last season, the Spurs added Australian center Jock Landale in the offseason, presumably to compete with him.
Being that the Spurs now have such a different-looking roster compared to last season, recently, we also dove into the team’s options at the backup point guard position. Overall, when considering how full the roster is, it’s a pretty surefire bet that the Spurs and Gregg Popovich are going to have a multitude of different lineups to experiment with. While ideally most of that experimentation can take place in practice, it certainly isn’t out of the question that fans will see some lineup tweaks during the season.
With at least two viable options to choose from at the backup center position, each player will bring a different dynamic to the team. However, the Spurs will have to determine which option makes the most sense with the bench unit. With that in mind, here are all of San Antonio’s options at that spot next season and why each player could have a case to fill that role.