3 consolation prizes from the rocky start to the season

Devin Vassell, Jeremy Sochan, San Antonio Spurs
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The young core has arrived

Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell have both established themselves as 20-point-per-game players who are elite shooters from anywhere behind the arc. The two of them both have the top ten Vegas odds to win the Most Improved Player award, despite playing on a bad team. 

And it doesn’t even end there. Jeremy Sochan is one of the most well-rounded rookies the NBA has seen, Tre Jones went from second-round pick to reliable starting point guard, Jakob Poeltl is only 27, so the Spurs could keep him around if they wanted to, Charles Bassey could be a real piece, and Malaki Branham has looked solid in limited minutes. Even Romeo Langford looks like a possible reclamation project similar to Patty Mills or Danny Green, who started their careers in Portland and Cleveland.

The average age of the players listed above is only 22 years old, so it makes sense that despite their breakouts, they aren’t playing winning basketball quite yet. Adding top-four draft picks should help a lot, and Johnson and Vassell are only getting better. The talent hasn’t equated to wins just yet, but when a star is added to bring it all together, expect the Spurs to surge up the standings.