Quincy Pondexter wants one last shot at NBA to prove he still has ‘a lot left’
6-foot-7 veteran swingman Quincy Pondexter is by no means a household name in the league. As a matter of fact, even a knowledgeable NBA fan might not be able to come up with which team the 31-year-old played for last season.
It was, in fact, the San Antonio Spurs. However, Pondexter barely played for head coach Gregg Popovich, averaging just 1.8 points per game on 5.5 minutes played. This is something Pondexter himself admits to be a wasted year, but that he also holds no grudge whatsoever.
Right now, Pondexter is focused on getting another shot in the league, and this time around, he wants to make it count.
“The opportunity hasn’t been there for me in San Antonio to play,” Pondexter said, via Jabari Young of The Athletic. “There’s nothing wrong with that. It happens. … But I know I’m the best basketball player I’ve ever been in my life and people that see me in the gym working every day and see me at practice working, they’ll tell you how good I am. And so, I want to prove it to myself one last time.”
It is worth noting that Pondexter missed two consecutive seasons due to a serious knee injury between 2015 and 2017. He hasn’t been the same since, but as he indicated above, he is very motivated to prove that he still has what it takes to play at the highest level.
As a matter of fact, Pondexter is already envisioning his dream scenario for the coming season.
“Play actual meaningful minutes,” he said. “Play an actual role on a team; then I’ll be satisfied with that. But I can’t just hang it up without giving myself that honest chance. I know I have a lot left.”
This man has been through quite a lot, and he certainly deserves another shot. We definitely wish him all the best.