Vassell got a chance to play on TNT for the first time in years, and he did not disappoint, though he has areas that need addressing. Expectations are higher for the Georgia native after signing a lucrative extension and flashing promising scoring last season. Fans have entered this journey with the hope the young shooting guard will take the next step toward stardom. In the second half, he stepped like a family reunion with Cupid Shuffle roaring in the background.
In the first half, Devin struggled on both ends of the floor. He had the lowest plus-minus on the team at -19, making his tremendous turnaround following halftime noteworthy. His third and fourth-quarter performances flipped the script, as he had a +18 in those periods. Only Tre Jones had a higher score in the second half. The former Florida State standout finished the game with 18 points, five assists, and three steals.
The 23-year-old swingman must improve his assertiveness. There are too many times during the game where Vassell does not touch the ball for long stretches. As one of the best self-creators on the team, that cannot happen. Other times, he will take an ill-advised attempt when patience and teamwork can create a better look. His trajectory suggests he will continue to improve in those areas. As for now, he’s doing great. And that step back is ICY!