Popovich notes the importance of Quincy Pondexter

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San Antonio Spurs forward Quincy Pondexter has played 42 games off the bench this season, averaging a mere 5.8 minutes per game.

But his contributions have been important.

Coach Gregg Popovich sees the value in what Pondexter has added, even if it doesn't show up in the box score.

"He doesn’t play much but he comes and works every day," said Popovich recently. "He comes early and stays late."

After being selected by Oklahoma City in the 2010 NBA Draft, Pondexter's rights were acquired by the Hornets. Prior to the start of the 2011-12 NBA season, he was dealt to Memphis and during the 2013-14 season, he found himself out of the league after he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot. He missed the rest of the season after undergoing surgery.

Once he returned in the 2014-15 season, Pondexter's career was littered with more trades, a knee injury that required surgery, a third left knee operation in 2017 and finally a bout with a life-threatening skin infection in the same year.

“Yes, he’s been a lot of places," Popovich said. "I’m sure he would like to have a different role, but he’s done well.”

The seven-year pro scored a season-best 13 points at Minnesota on Nov. 28 recording his highest scoring output since he also had 13 at Houston on April 15, 2015. On the season, he is posting 1.9 points per game and filling an important role for the Spurs.

"He’s been really great in that role," Popovich said. "He keeps a good sense of humor, and guys like that are important and you really appreciate them."