The Spurs double down on Nikola Topic, who recently cried for Serbia’s Mega MIS. At 6-foot-6, he’s a natural point guard with the positional size to share the floor with Collier or the aforementioned Tre Jones. The Spurs showed serious potential early in the Victor Wembanyama era, but the severe lack of reliable point guards was a serious obstacle to their success.
Topic isn’t a great athlete, but he knows exactly when to step on the gas to head for the cut. His constant speed changes and feather-soft touch around the paint should make him a dangerous driver, even against NBA defenses. He can also splash 3s to keep the defense honest and he’s one of the best passers on the board, frequently exploiting an errant assist on his attacks toward the rim.
Elmarko Jackson would fit in well with the The Toughest, Baddest, Meanest NBA Team. He’s only 6-foot-3, but he competes on defense, boasting a strong 195-pound frame and long arms to contain the point of attack and cause problems in passing lanes. The Heat really need a playmaking guard and Jackson is the kind of well-conditioned (compliment) effort the organization prioritizes.
There will be growing pains for Jackson on offense. However, he is starting on the No. 1 team in the country and his role should only expand as the season progresses. Jackson is an explosive driver who understands how to change speeds and deploy his force through rim contact. He needs to upgrade as a facilitator, but Jackson’s edge pressure and defensive activity provide a solid foundation.