4 Most underrated players on the San Antonio Spurs roster

Victor Wembanyama, Blake Wesley, Julian Champagnie, Dominick Barlow
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4.) Sandro Mamukelashvili

Spurs power forward Sandro Mamukelashvili was a late addition to last year's team and proved to be worth the flyer. Mamukelashvili averaged a productive 10.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, and shot a respectable 34.3% from three in 23.3 minutes per game last season. He also displayed impressive passing, and for a player his size, he averaged 2.4 assists per game. Based on his solid play over those 19 games, the Spurs opted to bring him back on a one-year contract.

Although he is seen as more of a depth piece, he has a chance to crack the rotation as the team's fourth big man. Normally, that would be a pretty small role. However, the Spurs have historically relied on depth at power forward and center to help manage the minutes of veterans, including Hall of Famer Tim Duncan and now rookie Wembanyama. Wembanyama may not appear in the second game of many of the team's 14 back-to-backs, and that could open up playing time for Mamukelashvili.

When Wembanyama sits, Sochan is likely to start for the Spurs next to Collins, leaving an opening at the backup power forward position that Mamukelashvili can fill. Or, perhaps, coach Gregg Popovich even opts to start him and play him spot minutes to preserve the Spurs' rotation. Either way, there is at least a possibility that Mamukelashvili will play a larger-than-expected role for the Spurs next season, despite being underrated.

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