DeMar DeRozan overseeing expanded roles for Spurs’ younger players
San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan has seemingly taken a step back in the team’s scrimmage games, opting to let the young guns handle some of the offensive chores. Head coach Gregg Popovich revealed that this move is part of his strategy to develop the team’s younger players.
Ahead of the Spurs’ scrimmage on Tuesday, Popovich wants the likes of Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Lonnie Walker to be more aggressive. He also commended DeRozan for doing a splendid job in his new role.
“We wanted to take a look at (them) playing together, and we want them to be more aggressive. We want them to be shooting more quickly, shooting from three, knowing where they’re at. Just being more aggressive offensively that expands the offense. So, DeMar’s bought into that and has done a really good job of letting people develop more than anything, so that’s what we’re going after,” per Bruno Passos of SB Nation.
Whether or not DeRozan sticks to this new role in the eight seeding games is a matter of wait-and-see. Popovich doesn’t want to etch anything in stone as of the moment. From the looks of it, the scrimmages served as an avenue to try out what will work and what won’t for the Spurs.
Coach Popovich shared some thoughts on:
-Keldon “The Mustang” Johnson
-Dejounte and Derrick building chemistry
-Big Jak stepping up pic.twitter.com/uNov1wq2dA
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The Spurs currently hold the 12th spot with a 27-36 record. They are on the brink of missing the postseason for the first time in over two decades. It’ll be a tough climb. They will need to win all eight seeding games and hope that the other teams lose theirs.