3 Spurs dealt a bad hand this season

The San Antonio Spurs season may have had different results had these players played larger roles.

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The Spurs have seen better days as an organization. Fans should take the view of an optimist and assume those better days are coming sooner rather than later, but the fact remains that they are 13-49 this season and at the bottom of the Western Conference with 20 games to play.

This season has not been all doom and gloom, however. Several players have played well and outperformed expectations; the young team has gelled some during this season.

On the flip side of that, several players were dealt a bad hand this season, and some of that affected the Silver and Black, both positively and negatively.

Which players had bad luck, which players got injured, and which players fought through the adversity they faced this season?

Charles Bassey

Bassey was carving himself a nice niche in the lineup as a big man who can rebound effectively, play quality post-defense, and score when needed. The 6’10” center from Western Kentucky was averaging four rebounds per game at just over 10 minutes per game (10.8 to be exact). Bassey was capable on the offensive end as well, shooting a whopping 72.5% from the field in limited action.

In one of his last games played on December 1st against the Pelicans, Bassey played 19 minutes, pulling down 11 rebounds and chipping in eight points. He also added three assists and three blocks. Against Denver two games prior to that, Charles had nine points with six rebounds in 15 minutes. He also was an efficient 3-5 from the floor.

It’s clear that Bassey was establishing a role in the second unit for the Spurs. He injured his knee playing in the G League, was diagnosed with a torn ACL, and was lost for the season on December 12th.