The Spurs rookies have been doing a lot of traveling up and down IH-35 between San Antonio and Austin lately, juggling time between the NBA and the G-League. After observing their team’s thrilling 111-105 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Monday, Lonnie Walker IV, Chimezie Metu, and Drew Eubanks headed back to Austin for a Tuesday match-up against the Texas Legends.
Perhaps pumped up from all the excitement lately, Walker led the way with a team-high 23 points in the 121-117 Austin win, including an impressive alley-oop dunk. He also recorded four rebounds, an assist, steal and block and is showing improvement on decision making, such as when to pull up from three or drive.
Eubanks, who has also garnered plenty of attention in San Antonio lately for his fearless defense and possibly being ready for an NBA job as a third-string big, also had a big game in Austin with 22 points, 12 rebounds a whopping 6 blocks (none of which were included in his highlight real, unfortunately). On offense, he showed he can do more than just dunk — which he still did a lot of, including a satisfying technical for hanging on the rim — with that nice little jump hook he has been showing off lately.
The regular season for the G-League ends this weekend. The Austin Spurs, who have been eliminated from playoff contention, have two games left: Thursday against the Sioux Falls Skyforce in Austin and Saturday at the Oklahoma City Blue.
It will be especially interesting to see what happens with Eubanks from here. As a two-way player, he cannot participate in the NBA playoffs (although he can travel and practice with the team), and the Spurs currently do not have a third big man behind LaMarcus Aldridge and Jakob Poeltl — unless you want to see Davis Bertans or Metu at center. Personally, I would prefer Eubanks. The Spurs can sign him to a standard NBA contract with the inherent risk that the second year of his two-way contract becomes null and void, and he would become a free agent this summer. However, they would still own his Bird Rights.