2: The Spurs starting lineup could look much different next season
Adding Wembanyama could result in drastically different lineups next season. Although most Spurs fans expect Jones, Vassell, Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, and Wembanyama to start together, that might not be the case. Before the trade deadline, the Spurs reportedly planned to pair Wembanyama with Jakob Poeltl. He is no longer on the team, but Zach Collins is a solid alternative. Collins started 19 games for the Spurs after the trade deadline, putting up impressive numbers by averaging 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game.
Continuing to start Collins would allow Wembanyama to play power forward to start his career, a necessity given his slender frame. That would force someone to the bench, possibly Sochan, unless head coach Gregg Popovich decides to demote one of his two leading scorers. Bringing Sohan off the bench could help boost the team's second unit and give him more opportunities with the ball than he would see as a starter.
Sochan would likely see an increase in minutes, with Popovich possibly going to a three-big rotation with spot minutes from Sandro Mamukelashvili or Charles Bassey. That is one option, at least. Another route could be to play without a starting point guard.
Playing without a point guard is a more radical idea, but one the Spurs toyed with late last season. Starting Vassell, Johnson, Sochan, Wembanyama, and Collins allows San Antonio to play their five best players together. Of course, Vassell and Johnson aren't capable of running an offense at this point in their careers, and while Sohan has playmaking ability, he isn't a full-time facilitator either.
That move could lead to bad starts to games and third quarters, not to mention the team should have a traditional point guard who can consistently create in the pick-and-roll and get their new franchise player the ball in the right spots. That increases the chances they re-sign Jones. And with Collins possibly starting too, that could shift Sohan to a new role.