Spurs fans, slap yourselves, pinch your arm, or stub your toe on the corner of the couch (maybe not that last one). The national media cannot stop fawning over the Silver and Black. This is unusual, to say the least, but it is indeed a reality. During the Tim Duncan years, San Antonio was constantly overlooked despite successful seasons, literally, every year. So, the team's faithful fanbase is used to indifference towards the franchise despite consistent excellence.
A large portion of that dominance has been the team's ability to develop talent. San Antonio has never been a free agent destination when the offseason rolls around, so the fact they have seen as much success as they have is a nod to their coaching staff. Bleacher Report is the latest publication to take notice of the organization, ranking their young core at the top of the totem pole in the NBA.
Prime Player Potential
Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell averaged 40 points per game between the two of them last season, and they are both under 24 years old. Their scoring came with little to no spacing since defenses had no reason to double-team or over-help on any other players. Wemby's presence will change that. His size alone will demand more attention, and his skillset as a playmaker will get everyone, especially Keldon, easier looks. Meanwhile, Vassell has already begun developing the ability to create his own shot. It's only up from here for these players.
Tre Jones has already solidified himself as a strong spot starter or fantastic backup. After what we've seen from Malaki Branham and Julian Champagnie in Summer League thus far, the Spurs look to have struck gold again. Giving San Antonio scoring threats off the bench means opposing teams will never get to take a breather when the starters rest. Dominick Barlow went from looking lost on the floor to a player with something strong to contribute. If he keeps developing at this pace, he will find a home in the NBA, whether it be with the Spurs or not.
The Polish Prince and Wembanyama are going to be a dynamic duo and force to be reckoned with on both sides of the ball. Jeremy Sochan has shown a mature feel for the game at a young age, but he still has plenty of room to grow. Pair that with his playmaking, tenacity, and defense, and he will soon be a priority for opponents. As for Wemby, there is no limit to what this young man can accomplish, and he has the right mindset to reach his ceiling. With the GOAT head coach in Gregg Popovich back on board for another five years to guide this young squad, the league is in trouble.