1 Shoo-in, 1 dark horse candidate for Spurs' final two-way contract

By Noah Magaro-George
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Is Jordan Hall the man for the job?

A comprehensive internal review of their farm system in Austin uncovers a worthy nominee and familiar face in Jordan Hall. The undrafted rookie had a short stint on a two-way contract with the Spurs earlier this season, but they pivoted in another direction when he failed to produce, releasing the 21-year-old while retaining his G League rights.

The undrafted rookie had pronounced struggles adjusting from mid-major competition to the NBA, with a combined 21 points on 8-of-33 shooting in 91 minutes of preseason and Summer League action. His 28 points in nine regular season games were an uninspiring second impression that landed Hall back in the G League.

Despite his uncomfortable acclimation to the professional ranks, Hall has finally made a long-overdue breakthrough in Austin. The six-seven guard has averaged 14.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists on .439/.500/.800 shooting splits over his last six games, looking like every bit of the jumbo playmaker the Spurs envisioned he could become on draft night.

San Antonio might not have much space for the St. Joseph's product once Romeo Langford, Devin Vassell, and Tre Jones rejoin their already-packed backcourt rotation. Nonetheless, the Spurs lack natural ball handlers, and Hall could provide emergency depth insurance while offering the team an exciting long-term developmental project.