Davis Bertans is in his second season with the San Antonio Spurs and what was projected to be a new season with a spike in minutes has been the opposite.
Bertans is averaging 6.8 minutes per game and has only seen action in nine games this season. He also found himself making a trip down I-35 to Austin to play with the team's G-League affiliate, Austin Spurs.
Although the minutes may not be there for Davis, he's being the consummate professional and staying ready when his number is called.
“One thing is being in the game no matter what, even if I’m on the bench, I try to support the team like that," said Bertans. "Also spending a little extra time on the court in the gym and the weight room.”
Staying fresh and keeping your body game ready is important. In an instant, your number can be called and you have to be ready to perform. He's been working with Tim Duncan to improve aspects of his game and staying sharp should the Spurs need him to step in a pinch.
Case in point in the blowout win over the Bulls, the team was without a number of players, and he logged in 18 minutes and scored 16 points off the bench. Three games prior, Davis logged eight minutes for six points.
The Spurs do need his ability to stretch the floor with his three-point prowess as the season rolls on. The problem is that with Brandon Paul playing well, Rudy Gay rounding into shape, and Manu Ginobili still playing effective ball, this puts Bertans in a bad spot as far as cracking the rotation.
Said Davis, “Sometimes it’s tough not getting those minutes to stay ready, so I try come to every game assuming I am going to play and prepare for every game exactly the same. It’s a lot of work mentally.”