Spurs’ Gregg Popovich outlines season plans for rookie Sidi Sissoko


San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich confirmed Monday that rookie Sidi Sissoko will spend time in the G-League this season to develop on the court.

Sissoko made his summer league debut with the Spurs, averaging 4.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in seven games against Las Vegas in Sacramento. On July 16, he ended his trip to the desert with his best game: 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

The 44th overall pick signed a three-year deal in July after playing last season with the Ignite. He’s highly regarded within the organization and has impressed Popovich.

I love his body. I like his personality. He’s long, strong, aggressive, and quick on his feet, so I think he has a lot of potential to be a great defender. At the same time, we’ll work on his shooting and other things, but he’s also fun to be around. He has lots of energy. He is very happy. He’s a good teammate. I was impressed with him, everywhere.

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