Poll: Fans pick their surprise Spurs player at midseason
The San Antonio Spurs started the 2017-18 season without two of their starters in Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker. Both players were rehabbing from injuries they sustained during the postseason a year ago.
Although that did put a damper on the start of the regular season, nobody would imagine that the team be sitting third in the Western Conference.
With Kawhi and Tony playing sparingly during the season, as they were under sustained minutes due to their injuries, plenty of players stepped up in their absence.
With that being said, this led to another poll question in which I took to social media to see which player on the Spurs roster has been the surprise through the first half of the season.
Here are the results:
As you can see, out of the 111 votes tallied, LaMarcus Aldridge came away as 48-percent felt he was the ‘surprise player’ so far.
Kyle Anderson came in a close second with 38-percent of the vote, and 9-percent commented with their own choice (Bryn Forbes and Manu Ginobili).
There was also discussion as to why people felt LaMarcus was the surprise player this season. It is safe to say that many were looking at his first two seasons with San Antonio where he averaged 18.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, while shooting 43-percent from the floor.
This season he has stepped up his game.
LaMarcus has led the team in double-figures 32 out of the their 42 games. He brings it each and every night and right now is the most consistent scorer on the team.
Not to take anything away from Kyle. He is having himself a year. Stepping in and filling the void of Kawhi, Anderson is making the most of his accelerated minutes.
He is not going to give you the offensive production of Kawhi by any means, but what he does on both ends of the floor has put this team in position to win games.
A career 4.2 scorer, Kyle is averaging 8.2 points through 34 games this season. He has also seen an increase in other aspects of his game, assists (2.7) and rebounds (5.9). He will not wow you with quickness but Anderson plays his way and it is effective.
Safe to say that all players mentioned have played key for the teams success so far this season. In this poll, LaMarcus has been the player that many are surprised about.