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Ranking 8 possible Spurs backup point guards

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Possible long-term additions

These two players are young and never really got a fair chance in the NBA. Both had insane college careers and then fell down the draft boards, and neither has played more than 100 career games in the NBA. These high-risk, high-reward guys could play well enough to secure a multi-year contract if all goes well for them. 

Carsen Edwards

At Purdue, Edwards was a two-time All-Big Ten player and was an All-American. His junior season saw him average 24.3 points, the most of any player not in a mid-major. At Purdue, he was a solid threat from deep and could move the ball, although he was turnover prone. 

He was drafted in the second round in 2019 and has since played for Boston and Detroit. He posted 13 points, nine assists, and two steals in his debut with the Pistons. If he can replicate even half of that on a consistent basis, then there would be no reason for the Spurs to keep him around as a backup or spark plug off the bench. 

He’s been lighting up the G-League at various points in his career, which sounds a lot like Charles Bassey. Worst case scenario, he fizzles out, and the Spurs cut him or don’t resign him. Best case, he shows that he is a reliable backup. He is only 23 years old and would fit the rebuild timeline. Jones is an undersized PG, and Edwards isn’t even six foot, but in today’s NBA, I’m not so sure that size matters. After all, Donovan Mitchell is lighting it up for the Land. 

Jared Butler

This is the guy I want the Spurs to sign. We’ve been excited about him since his time at Baylor, and I’ve been on his train all summer. At Baylor, he cemented himself as the best player in the 2021 NCAA Tournament and led the Bears to a title. Since getting drafted by the Jazz, he only got to play in 42 games, averaging only eight minutes.

He made the most of it. In the eight games in that he saw more than 15 minutes of action, he posted 11.6 points, 4.5 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.8 turnovers. The turnover numbers do not help, but Butler is a raw talent who could use some good coaching. If only there were a way for him to play under the best coach of all time!

In those eight games, he shot 32% from deep (15/46) which suggests that he could develop a decent shot. Why he is out of the league is beyond me. He was medically cleared to play before the 2021 NBA Draft, and in the wake of the Josh Primo scandal, I would rather have him on the team long-term than just a season and change of Primo. 

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Will Butler be an All-Star? No, I doubt it. But he can be a solid backup and is younger than Jones. There is no reason for the Spurs not to go out and get him; I legitimately think he could be the guy moving forward on the right team.