EuroReport: Bertans Nearing Return
Spurs draftees playing abroad continue to get healthy. Last time we checked in, Adam Hanga had returned from a leg injury and was getting limited minutes for Saski Baskonia. We’re now getting word that another Spurs’ draftee is getting set to return from injury.
2011 second round pick Davis Bertans revealed on Twitter yesterday that he’s six weeks away from returning from an ACL injury.
@DBertans_44 Davis, how are you? Close to returning to the court?
— Trevor Zickgraf (@yowhatupT) January 21, 2014
@yowhatupT about a month and a half left until i join my team on the court!
— Davis Bertans (@DBertans_44) January 21, 2014
Last June, Bertans tore his ACL during the Serbian League Finals. He then traveled to San Antonio for surgery to repair the knee and stayed in the U.S. for the better part of the summer. He even traveled with the Spurs to Las Vegas to watch Summer League and be around the team. Rather than player compare Bertans to any active player, I’ll just let you check out his highlights from last season.
-Hanga’s production, minutes up and down
Adam Hanga continues to work his way in to Baskonia’s line up. Essentially, when Hanga plays, he’s productive. But since he missed the start of the season, he’s still learning the system. In his most recent game in the ACB League, Hanga scored 11 points on 4-9 shooting. Basically his three-point shot, which showed improvement last season but should still be filed under “needs to improve” isn’t falling yet. However, he is shooting 75 percent (!) from inside the three-point arc on the season. There’s still about three months left in the season, so Hanga still has plenty of time to get his minutes up.
-Jean-Charles still rehabbing
Speaking of rehabbing knees, no update on when 2013 first round pick Livio Jean-Charles will return from injury. The initial diagnosis of his injury put his return around late February. We’ll keep digging to see if we can get a more concrete update.