Talk about getting a head start at your new job.
What better way for Jakob Poeltl to start learning about the San Antonio Spurs system and culture than from Tim Duncan and Becky Hammon.
In an interview with Austrian site Heute, Poeltl reveals he has been working with Duncan during 5-on-5 games and Hammon mostly since arriving in San Antonio.
"He (Duncan) plays in the 5-on-5's, of course he is not the fastest anymore, but he still has it. I benefit from him, he gives a lot of input, including new, really helpful stuff."
"I've worked a lot with Becky (Hammon) so far.
Last season, he saw a spike in minutes played and defensively it showed. He averaged 1.2 blocks per game in 18.6 minutes. He also recorded 4.8 rebounds.
In addition, he was at a 66.0 effective field goal percentage (73-percent shooting from three feet or less from the rim last season in Toronto) in his second season and proved to be an adequate passer in the post.
As far as intangibles, he is young (22 years old), has size to bring to the paint, and durable as he was the only Raptor to play all 82 regular-season games last season. Factor in the low-post teachings Duncan can pass on to him as well as other intangibles Hammon can teach, Jakob could prove very useful for the Spurs next season as part of their second unit.
I'm feeling very well, the training is still very relaxed at the moment.