3 Ways the Spurs Have Improved Since Trading Derrick White

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2. More Devin Vassell and Joshua Primo

White’s departure has opened up playing time for San Antonio's two most recent lottery picks, Vassell, and Joshua Primo. Despite struggling against Washington, Vassell has already made an immediate impact as a starter on both ends of the floor.

That's great news for the Spurs, who likely moved on from White because of their belief in Vassell. While they have different strengths and weaknesses, there has been little dropoff between Vassell and his predecessor thus far. 

Actually, Vassell should give the Spurs an offensive boost, considering he's a better shooter and a surprisingly effective scorer inside the arc. And while he lacks White's playmaking ability, he is much more aggressive in looking for his own shot. 

That's definitely encouraging, and given his offensive potential, he should emerge as the team's new third option. On defense, Vassell isn't quite on White's level yet, but it appears to only be a matter of time.

As for Primo, the team's 19-year-old rookie will now play a bigger role over the remainder of the season, which could be huge for his development. That might not make San Antonio better this season, but Primo has a high ceiling, potentially even as White 2.0. Thus, the Spurs could be much better off in the long run.