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Creating a Contending Spurs' Starting Five for 2023

Jonah Kubicek
Dejounte Murray, Dwight Powell
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Shooting Guard - Devin Vassell

While I would love to see the Spurs draft Jaden Ivey or Ochai Agbaji, I think they’ll go for size, and Devin Vassell will start as many games as possible. While he did not make quite the leap I was hoping for, he did establish himself as a knock-down shooter who is more than capable of playing high-level defense.

It should also be noted that he is only 21 years old and has had some of his best career games when the Spurs needed it most. He was their only bright spot in the play-in game and hit threes when they mattered, even if his career percentage is not quite as good as it could be. After he took over as the starter for Derrick White, he hasn’t looked back and has appeared comfortable in the role. He could break out next season. 

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Small Forward - Keldon Johnson

Again, absolutely no surprises so far. Keldon Johnson has maintained his physicality and elite paint presence despite his size and also turned into the best shooter on the team. There is absolutely no reason for Johnson to be moved to the bench or another team this offseason, as his improvement since being drafted has been remarkable. 

In 2020-21, Johnson established himself as one of the better drivers and slashers in the league, which was a welcome addition to a roster that needed points however they can get them. This season, he added a 40% three-point shot. At this rate of improvement, next season he could add Pippen-esque defense or Chris Paul’s court vision.

Regardless of the leap he takes, he has already shown his skill level is on par with players on championship teams. 

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