We are now fully entrenched in the murky mists of March Madness. Passionate young players are on full display in a tournament filled with opportunity and improbabilities making it one of the most exciting sports events year after year.
As San Antonio Spurs fans, watching the tournament this year has given an extra reason for excitement. During the last game againt the Memphis Grizzlies, KENS 5 sports anchor Nate Ryan made a fascinating observation as Drake played Miami.
It's easy to get caught up in the throws of the season with so much losing and forget that the roster is still so young. There should be nothing but optimism permeating every conversation fans have about the under-seasoned Spurs being led by the Thomas Keller of NBA coaches in Gregg Popovich.
Keldon Johnson is already averaging 22 points per game and won't reach his prime for at least four more years. Devin Vassell is right on Johnson's heels with 19 and has shown the kind of game that makes you believe he may be an All-Star one day. Having two dynamic wings can do wonders for a team -- just ask Boston's Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Ever since the Jakob Poeltl trade, Zach Collins has upped his consistency and routinely finds ways to impact the game. His passing, scoring, and rim protection have been a delight to watch as he puts all of his skills on display as the starting center. I recently wrote an article discussing free agents the Spurs should target and mentioned Draymond Green, but if Zach Collins keeps playing like he has lately, I will happily rescind that take.
Of course, this scenario is predicated on the Spurs' ability to acquire the number one overall pick and select Victor Wembanyama. Between Wemby, Collins, Bassey and Sochan, their frontcourt would be solidified with no need for a player as costly as Draymond Green.
Tre Jones and Malaki Branham are becoming solid role players who understand how to execute their responsibilities. Though they are also young, I see them as players whose careers can go either way regarding long-term options for the Spurs. The same cannot be said for Jeremy Sochan, whom I consider to be a diamond in the rough destined to achieve greater heights than expected.
When assessing the trajectory of the Spurs' young players, the team feels poised to break out as a real threat with the proper pieces falling into place during the coming offseason.