With less than a month remaining in the NBA season, all 30 teams in the league will be hitting the offseason soon. As the NBA Draft and free agency loom, each front office will be looking at various ways they can improve. For the San Antonio Spurs, that will mean upgrading their frontcourt — specifically, the power forward position.
We all saw the Spurs’ glaring need for a long-term fixture at power forward this season. Doug McDermott held his own for most of the year, but he doesn’t quite match the archetype of a starting four on a contending team. With Keldon Johnson more equipped to log minutes at small forward, San Antonio will need a solution.
The Spurs will have a bevy of options for a new power forward in the draft, but even if they don’t get who they want on draft night, there’s slated to be a strong free agent class for power forwards this summer. Using HoopsHype’s free agent power forward rankings published last month, let’s take a look at who San Antonio should pass on and who they should pursue in the offseason.
Spurs fans may remember JaMychal Green starting his NBA career in San Antonio. After going undrafted in 2012, he joined the Silver and Black for summer league before signing on with the Austin Toros (now Austin Spurs) where he made his living for multiple seasons.
Since then, he’s been a bit of a journeyman in the league, playing for the Grizzlies, Clippers, and Nuggets since leaving South Texas. This season with Denver, he saw an increase in playing time as the year went on, leading to a gradual uptick in production. His 6.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the season aren’t indicative of his improved play to end the year. Over his final 31 games for the Nuggets, Green scored 7.5 points per contest on over 53% shooting while providing solid defense per usual.
A low maintenance, low-usage big like JaMychal Green could be a solid option for San Antonio as a backup. He would bring defensive smarts and veteran locker room leadership to a group of mostly younger players. If the Spurs can get the power forward they want in the draft, pursuing a reunion with Green could work out quite nicely.