What Should San Antonio Spurs Expect From Othyus Jeffers?
The vibe in San Antonio is one of anxiety and restlessness since the domino effect of injuries took place. In an effort to solidify some gaps in the lineup, the San Antonio Spurs have recently signed Othyus Jeffers to a 10-day contract. But what will the 10 days look like for Jeffers and the Spurs?
After being a standout at Robert Morris University (IL), Jeffers began his NBA career in 2009 with the Utah Jazz. After appearing only appearing in 14 games that season, Jeffers bounced around the NBA and NBDL for the past four years. In 2010, Jeffers made one appearance with his current team in San Antonio and has doubled his appearances so far this season with two.
Within the 10 days that Jeffers is scheduled to be a Spur, he has already faced the Atlanta Hawks and the Miami Heat. The Spurs split the two games with no major contribution from the D-League call-up. The remaining two games left on his contract are against the Houston Rockets, whom the Spurs are winless against, and the Chicago Bulls.
It is not very likely that Jeffers will make an impact on either of the games as was the case against the Heat and Hawks. He is an undersized forward with a questionable jumper and a liability as a ball-handler. His athleticism and hustle allow him to score mainly off of second chance points. Jeffers’ 22.8 points per game and 11.4 rebounds with the Iowa Energy was impressive enough to earn a spot from Gregg Popovich but will not translate on the next level.
Jeffers is not versatile enough to play the forward position and the lack of shooting prohibits a legitimate spot at the wing. Hopefully his energy can inspire his teammates to shake the current vibe and gain some positive momentum.