The San Antonio Spurs used their 11th overall pick on Devin Vassell
After months of wondering and waiting, the pick is finally in. With their first pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs selected Devin Vassell, from Florida State.
Picking in the lottery for the first time in over twenty years, the Spurs made the smart choice and decided not to get cute with this selection. Vassell is an excellent fit for what they need right now on top of being one of the safest picks in the entire draft.
This is a pick that Spurs fans have wanted for months now. Vassell brings a great combination of size and skill and he could conceivably skip the typical year sabbatical in Austin and have a sizeable role in the Spurs rotation from the get-go.
What’s not to like about Vassell’s game? He shoots well from behind the arc, hitting 42 percent of his 3-point attempts in his sophomore season, he’s got some creation ability off the bounce, and he’s a versatile and skilled defender.
He averaged 1.4 steals and a block per game and, unlike many rookies, should have no problem quickly learning the defensive schemes that the Spurs use.
His 3-point shooting is a huge selling point but really it’s his defense that makes this pick such a great selection. The Spurs are coming off of their worst defensive season in franchise history and the addition of Vassell will help them get back to the defensive juggernaut that they were for much of the past two decades.
Over the past five years, the Spurs have done an incredible job of adding young talent. Now, with the addition of Vassell, they’ve got the potentially elite wing defender that they needed to go along with their backcourt of Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Lonnie Walker.
He will need to spend his first season in the weight room and prioritize adding muscle to his frame but he should be able to play heavy minutes for San Antonio right away. He is going to be an outstanding player for the Spurs for many years to come.
This is a great pick by San Antonio. Stay tuned to see who they take with the 41st overall pick.