Welcome to a 2017-18 deteriorate actor reviews, where we will be rehashing a opening of all 15 Spurs from this deteriorate (excluding two-way players Darrun Hilliard and Matt Costello) and looking towards a future. If you’ve missed any we can click here to locate up. Up next:
2017-18 stats: 4.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 51.6 FG%
2017-2018 salary: $1.52 million
Contract: 1 year, $1.66 million remaining (player option)
With David Lee timid and Dewayne Dedmon usurpation a some-more remunerative agreement elsewhere, a Spurs were in need of a third large on a cheap. Enter Lauvergne: a French teammate of Tony Parker’s who had been a journeyman in his initial 3 NBA seasons though had a versatile diversion that seemed like it could work good in a Spurs system, especially for a minimum.
While he wasn’t what we would call a critical hazard from over a arc (although he shot 35% from 3 a before deteriorate with a Thunder), he could during slightest widen a floor. He was also deliberate an above-average passer for his position and an enterprising (if unspectacular) defender. During a preseason he looked a partial of another Spurs steal, averaging 8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists in normal minutes.
However, once a unchanging deteriorate began it was mostly downhill for Lauvergne. He missed 10 true games early while traffic with a family matter, and interjection to a multiple of his possess shortcomings and a Spurs experimenting with tiny round some-more often, he frequency got many time in non-rest games.
Some of those shortcomings — like his miss of an descent hold divided from a edge and difficulty grabbing/holding onto a round — could be attributed to a nasty dislocated finger suffered in Dec vs. OKC. If 0 else he showed he was one tough dude when it happened, distinct fundamentally everybody else in a building (including Gregg Popovich):
Joking aside, that finger took longer to reanimate than it should have and remained splinted for many of a season, that might have attacked him of many of his game. Still, he wasn’t a writer he was sealed to be (even during a minimum). It might be astray if his finger is to blame, and he was tough to play by it, though there was a reason he got 3 out of 5 votes for LVP in a many new In a Bonus.
With a actor option, Lauvergne controls his possess destiny. He has until Jun 29 to decide, and what a Spurs do in a breeze a week before that might play a purpose in his decision. However, if we were him I’d opt in and wish he gets a possibility to infer himself to them or someone else for a future.
Otherwise, there might not be a guaranteed mark for him in a league. With a ability to be a stretch-five being his categorical job label among large men, attack 0 of 5 three-point attempts on a deteriorate won’t remonstrate many to go after him this time around, during slightest not as anything some-more than top filler.
If he does lapse to San Antonio, he’ll need to infer he’s good adequate to acquire unchanging minutes, even if he only stays around a edge in a some-more normal core role. Similar numbers to his days in Denver or OKC would go along approach towards securing an NBA career, wherever that might be.
Feb. 13 vs. Nuggets: 26 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists
Final Grade: D+
Up next: Tony Parker