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San Antonio Spurs: 3 Lineup wrinkles to try out over final month of season

Apr 16, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich grabs guard Lonnie Walker IV (1) by the shoulders in the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 16, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich grabs guard Lonnie Walker IV (1) by the shoulders in the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-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

Can Devin Vassell help round out a wing-guard Hydra for the San Antonio Spurs?

One lineup that I’ve been dying to see all season long is one that the San Antonio Spurs have hardly used at all. And, surprise surprise, it features everyone’s favorite rookie – Devin Vassell.

Frankly, I’d be happy to see Vassell on the court in any fashion. Beginning of the game, end of the game, heck, I’d even take dead in the middle, I really just want the Spurs’ impressive rookie out on the floor more.

But what I really want to see is a multi-pronged, wing/guard-heavy lineup featuring these players: Derrick White, Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, and Devin Vassell. That group has played just 14 minutes together across nine games this season and while the results aren’t that encouraging they’ve also come from an incredibly small sample size.

Maybe this lineup doesn’t work out, that’s a very real possibility. But come on, who wouldn’t want to see the Spurs’ exciting young wings and guards running the floor together and creating havoc on defense?

Floor spacing could be an issue, and it’s not like the Spurs can throw Lonnie Walker or Patty Mills in with this group unless they want Keldon playing as their center. Maybe running with Luka Samanic at center could be a solution.

In any case, these are the core guys that the San Antonio Spurs look like they’re building the future of their team around, let’s at least see how they look together in real game action before the season is over.

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The rest of the San Antonio Spurs season is going to be brutal, there’s no getting around that. But seeing the team experiment with lineup changes such as these could help make the end of this long season a bit more palatable.

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