5 Takeaways That Show Spurs Aren't Far Off From Contending

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4. Devin Vassell and Jakob Poeltl Led the Way

Recently, the Spurs and their fans have been focusing on Dejounte Murray and Jakob Poeltl’s play. Both are very good places for our attention to be, but Devin Vassell is showing he can be the star moving forward.

He led the team in scoring with 20 points and shot 8-for-16. His length caused problems for the Grizzlies’ wings, and it looked like he wanted the ball in his hands. Luckily, his teammates delivered.

Jakob Poeltl showed why Spurs fans are correct in labeling him one of the best centers in the league. Behind the A-tier of centers of Gobert, Jokic, Embiid, and Giannis (if you call him a center), Poeltl is leading the way for the second level of bigs.

An 8/8 outing is always good, and when you add seven boards, five assists, and a dazzling defensive effort of two steals and four blocks, it’s easy to see why Spurs fans are calling him untradeable. He was the second-leading scorer with 18 points and is definitely the Spurs’ second-best player. 

On top of all that, over the last five games, Vassell is averaging 13 points on nearly 50% shooting from deep. His defense has been improving, too. Poeltl is averaging a staggering 19 points, 10.5 rebounds, and three blocks over the same span.

Jakob is 26 and playing the best basketball of his life, and Vassell is only in his second season, so both could be adding products to the Spurs for many years to come.