Spurs Rookie Dāvis Bertāns Scores Career-High 21 On 6 Shots In 18 Minutes In Honor Of Matt Bonner
Who the hell is this? Every year we are saying that about some 2nd round pick on the Spurs roster before he becomes a legit NBA starter or All-Star or in undrafted Boban Marjanovic’s case, a $21 million man after spending a year playing for just $1.2 million.
On Saturday night against the Hornets, many of us, including Roy Hibbert, were introduced to 2011 2nd round pick Dāvis Bertāns. The 24-year old rookie and 3 x Serbia basketball champ scored a career-high 21 points on just 6 shots in just 18 minutes.
“We saw what he’s capable of,” Spurs guard Danny Green said. “It finally translated over to the game. He’s been doing that all preseason, practice and even when he’s played he’s shown bits and pieces of it. He put it together for the whole time he was out there (tonight). We expect him to play like that. Hopefully this game is a confidence builder for him.”
His previous career high of 15 points came back in November on 6 of 8 shooting in 23 minutes. His previous high before that was 11 points on 4 of 4 shooting in just 11 minutes. So what I’m saying is the guy is efficient and can put up points when he gets minutes.
If all this wasn’t awesome enough for the 9-fingered ginger (he lost part of his finger cutting wood), he dedicated the game to the recently retired Matt “Red Mamba” Bonner. If this still isn’t too good to be true, Bertāns came with Kawhi Leonard in the 2011 draft-day deal/steal that sent George Hill to the Pacers.
The Spurs are also 14-0 when Bertans scores a point!