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San Antonio Spurs: 3 Players who can help improve Spurs bench struggles

San Antonio Spurs Lonnie Walker (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
San Antonio Spurs Lonnie Walker (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
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Apr 5, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Devin Vassell (24) shoots in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the AT&T
Apr 5, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Devin Vassell (24) shoots in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the AT&T

Devin Vassell can still do more to help the San Antonio Spurs

Devin Vassell has played more in his rookie season than any Spurs rookie in the past decade but it still doesn’t seem like he’s getting enough of an opportunity. The Spurs have made Vassell an important part of their rotation but the young wing can still do more.

Vasell brings a combination of perimeter shooting and versatile defense that allows him to be an excellent complementary piece to almost any combination of players. He still lacks the ability to create shots for himself but if he’s put into a situation where he can play off of others you can trust that he’s going to put himself spots where he and his teammates are comfortable with him getting looks from.

Vassell’s keen eye for floating around the perimeter for easy looks has helped him become the most accurate three-point shooter on the Spurs. He’s been knocking down 40 percent of his three-point attempts this season. That’s the kind of shooting that the Spurs need more of.

One combination that deserves more exploring is the duo of Vassell and Derrick White. The two have only played 49 minutes together over the Spurs past 11 games but White is one of the few players that Vassell has a meaningful amount of minutes with and a positive net rating.

A lineup featuring Gay, Mills, Dejounte Murray, White, and Vassell has +36.7 net rating over the past 11 games. It’s still on a sample size that’s far too small to make any definitive judgements on but given the struggles and the alarmingly positive net rating it’s a lineup that deserves exploring. At this point, nothing should be off the table for San Antonio.

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