3 Positional battles Spurs fans should monitor heading into training camp

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Backup Forward

The forward position is exceptionally crowded in San Antonio, and that's not exactly a bad thing. But an abundance of talent means someone will get the short end of the stick when it comes time to sort out the depth chart. Though Sochan and Johnson will be critical contributors, players like Reggie Bullock, Julian Champagnie, Doug McDermott, and Cedi Osman must battle it out for a spot in the rotation.

Three of those four names are proven veterans who deserve a place in the league. Bullock and McDermott have a combined 20 seasons of experience and have been pivotal role players over their careers. McDermott brings sharpshooting and intelligent off-ball movement, while Bullock is a fundamental 3-and-D forward. Julian Champagnie had a coming-out party after the Spurs claimed him off waivers last season, showing off his scoring prowess and becoming a star for San Antonio during Summer League.

Osman might be the odd man out in San Antonio after they acquired him in a three-team trade this offseason, especially since he doesn't have the same amount of experience as Bullock and McDermott. Champagnie might not have many games under his belt, but his size and defensive versatility give him a higher ceiling than Cedi.

A talented player will find himself warming the bench more often than on the court. Nonetheless, this situation works in San Antonio's favor. The Spurs will have an opportunity to move some of these veterans at the trade deadline to bolster their war chest of valuable draft capital. These rotation spots are there for the taking, but training camp will soon decide who plays and who sits.


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