Breaking down the depth chart after a busting offseason for the Spurs

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The San Antonio Spurs have had a bustling offseason and will have a lot of questions to answer about their depth chart heading into this season. From adding Victor Wembanyama to determining where to place established players like Keldon Johnson, there are some significant decisions that lie ahead for the front office. With that in mind, how can they start fleshing out the pecking order at every position?


Starters: Tre Jones - Devin Vassell

The backcourt is probably the most self-explanatory part of San Antonio's depth chart. Tre Jones and Devin Vassell have exhibited plenty of poise and development in their young careers, and they are the clearcut starters. While nagging injuries derailed Vassell last season, he's set up to make an enormous leap as the second option behind Wembanyama. His combination of three-level scoring and defensive chops make him a dangerous matchup for opposing teams, and Vassell can rack up the points when he gets to his spots.

No one is better suited to run the starting unit than Jones. He averaged over six assists per game last season and the offense looked its best when the reliable floor general was at the helm. Jones has the ability to set up teammates, and that will be the key to capitalizing on wide-open looks when defenses are sucked in by Wembanyama's gravity. Though undersized, Jones is still an effective defender. He is limited by his lack of range, but he some showed promise, shooting 45% from beyond the arc over his last 10 games of the season. He will never be Steph Curry, but a respectable three-ball could take him far in his career.

Bench: Cameron Payne - Malaki Branham

San Antonio traded for Cameron Payne earlier this offseason, and he should be a lock for the backup spot with his resume. He established himself in Phoenix, playing a crucial role for a playoff team. The 6-foot-1 point guard is about to turn 29, which means he could be a valuable veteran presence in the locker room. On the other hand, Payne is on an expiring deal and the Spurs could move him for assets at the deadline. At least for now, Payne will be one of the first guards off the bench.

Malaki Branham flourished after he received regular rotation minutes late last season. He continued making progress, picking up where he left off and showing out at Summer League. The former Ohio State Buckeye is entering his second go-round, and he may have a chance to earn a defined role for San Antonio. Branham has enticing three-level scoring potential, but his defense might hold him back from becoming a starter. He was one of the worst defenders on the worst defense in the NBA, and he can't afford to be a liability on that end of the floor.

Reserves: Blake Wesley - Devonte Graham

Blake Wesley is still extremely raw and will need to spend some additional time in Austin to polish his game. While his blistering speed raises his scoring potential, he must learn how to slow down and let the game come to him. His passing vision is also a work in progress, and the G League is the perfect place for him to learn the fundamentals of the Spurs system.

Devonte' Graham is one of the players that has question marks around him heading into the season. As a smaller guard with inefficient scoring, it is tough to see him carving out a role in the rotation. He might find minutes when injuries inevitably strike, but he could land somewhere else by the deadline, possibly sooner depending on what cuts the Spurs make after training camp.

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