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3 Reasons the Spurs Should Play the Young Guys Right Now

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Well, the San Antonio Spurs are 4-11, 13th in the Western Conference, and the team as a whole has no foreseeable way out of the basement. In fact, if Zion Williamson returns in form, there’s no reason to think the Spurs can’t sink even lower. Their current rotation is simply not winning games, and I, for one, am getting sick of waiting around for players to start to get hot.

There have been some bright spots. Dejounte Murray is establishing himself as a top point guard in the league, Devin Vassell appears to be brilliant, and Josh Primo has made it look like he was worthy of a lottery pick based on his time in Austin.

However, there is also some ugly basketball being played. Derrick White and Lonnie Walker are playing below expectations and Bryn Forbes is more interested in being an on-court spectator than a shooter. God forbid his number gets called on defense. 

It seems like a rotation change is necessary. Luckily, the Spurs have some promising young talent they can add to the everyday lineup. Here are three reasons the San Antonio Spurs should give their young guys some real minutes. 

1. The Spurs Can Get Someone to Shoot the Ball

The San Antonio Spurs are 29th in the entire league in 3-point attempts per game. Going into this past offseason, that was a crucial issue to fix, and their numbers have only gone up 0.9 3 attempts per game. 

Man, if only they had young shooters who could help boost those numbers! Josh Primo exploded against Mexico City in a G League matchup for 28 points, including making 5/8 three-pointers. Devin Vassell shoots almost five a game and has one of the highest percentages on the team. If he were given the minutes that usually go to the currently fledgling Derrick White, he alone could immediately boost the Spurs’ outside shooting.

With Vassell and Doug McDermott in the starting lineup and White, Primo, and Lonnie Walker coming off the bench as a firepower-filled second unit, the Spurs could see offensive production skyrocket.

And let’s get a little crazy. Why doesn’t Joe Wieskamp also get a handful of meaningful minutes with the third unit? He was a career 40% shooter from deep at the University of Iowa and has been torching the G League for 6.5 attempts, making almost half of them. 

Joshua Primo has garnered hype, and for very good reason. It also looks like the second-round pick could make an instant impact if given the chance, and the Spurs could develop these young guys in San Antonio instead of Austin.