4 Most underrated players on the San Antonio Spurs roster

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2.) Cam Payne

The Spurs' acquisition of point guard Cam Payne from the Phoenix Suns could prove to be a smart move since Payne is an underrated player. Payne spent three seasons in Phoenix and emerged as a more than capable backup there after a couple of failed stops with other teams. During that span, he averaged a solid 9.8 points and 4.5 assists, primarily as the backup to Chris Paul.

However, after a lot of roster turnover, the Suns' plan to use Devin Booker at point guard, and Payne dropping to third in their guard rotation, it was clear that he was going to be moved. The Spurs wisely stepped in, absorbing him into their remaining cap space while also receiving cash and a future second-round pick. San Antonio was ultimately paid to take back a more than-serviceable backup point guard who could help them address their biggest positional need.

Despite having an odd-looking jumper, Payne is a good shooter and a solid passer who, along with Tre Jones, should give the Spurs a serviceable point guard rotation. To be clear, neither is likely the team's long-term answer at the position, but Payne should be a nice and underrated addition to the second unit.

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