3 Positional battles Spurs fans should monitor heading into training camp

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The San Antonio Spurs have plenty of talented players and limited minutes after a flurry of changes throughout their roster this summer. With the addition of names like Victor Wembanyama, Cameron Payne, Reggie Bullock, and Cedi Osman, they must determine who earns a rotation spot and who remains on the bench.

Every team in the NBA can start training camp on October 3rd, and this is where the Spurs can decide who will make the final cut and who will be the odd man out. While San Antonio has plenty of question marks heading into the upcoming season, several positional battles are waiting to unfold that could help them trim down their crowded depth chart.

Starting Forward

After drating Victor Wembanyama with the first overall pick and establishing him as their starting power forward, the Spurs must make a tough choice between Keldon Johnson and Jeremy Sochan. Both players were starters last season, and each comes with a unique set of pros and cons, but one must move to the bench. While Johnson is a physical driver who can space the floor, his defense is lacking. Sochan is a high-level defender with different skills on the other end, but his lack of shooting could limit the offense.

The positional battle, however, might come down to who the coaching staff sees as a better fit next to their 7-foot-3 Frenchman for his rookie season. Do the Spurs want shooting around Wembanyama at the cost of defense, or are they fine with limited spacing if it means holding opponents in check? It's a question training camp and preseason games will answer. But the starting spot next to Wembanyama is one to watch.

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