The question nobody is asking about the Spurs long-term plan

San Antonio Spurs fans are likely excited about Victor Wembanyama and their promising young core, but there are still major question marks.
Gregg Popovich, Victor Wembanyama
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San Antonio Spurs fans are no doubt excited for the future with Victor Wembanyama and a talented young core that will soon be added to the draft. However, while things appear to be all well and good now, what if their promising roster isn't quite as good as most expect?

Wembanyama, barring injuries, should be a top-5 player in the NBA in a season or two, but what about the likes of Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, and Jeremy Sochan? Vassell is clearly the Spurs' second-best player, and his play this season did nothing to dissuade anyone of that notion.

Then again, he has struggled with injuries the last two seasons. While some of his missed games were partly due to the team not being in a rush to bring him back, we have yet to see him perform at a high level over a full season. There is also a question about his shot selection, with Vassell known for taking and making tough shots.

On one hand, that can be a good thing, especially in close games. But there may be a ceiling to Vassell's offensive game if he can't generate easy shots for himself or draw a lot of free throws. That may not matter as much if Wembanyama is as good as we all think he will be. But what about the Spurs' other young players?

Is the Spurs rebuild really on the right track?

Sochan is arguably the third-most important player in the team's rebuilding efforts. He is expected to be a Swiss army knife who can defend the opposing team's best player, be a secondary playmaker and hit open threes. Sochan did make strides as a playmaker and increased his 3-point volume, but his shooting remains a question mark.

It's entirely possible that he doesn't become an average or above-average, high-volume shooter, which would lower his ceiling since he doesn't have another offensive skill to fall back on. For instance, Boris Diaw, whom Sochan has occasionally been compared to, didn't always shoot threes.

Be that as it may, he was still an elite passer who could help get his teammates easier shots, not to mention his ability to abuse opponents in the post. The jury is still out on Sochan. The same can be said of Johnson, who spent a large part of this season coming off the bench. His energy and effort level can be infectious, but the results aren't there.

He has gotten better at controlling himself on drives, but he still tends to barrel his way to the rim, and his 3-pointer comes and goes. He's cheap enough to remain a sixth man, but with two lottery picks incoming, this may be Johnson's last chance to show that he is still a part of the team's core.

Do the Spurs have enough to build around Wembanyama?

As for the other recent first-round picks, Blake Wesley and Malaki Branham, Wesley made significant strides this season but still has a ways to go. He has shown that he can be a good defender and a capable passer, but he doesn't look close to being a good offensive player overall.

Branham, on the other hand, seemingly played much better after the all-star break. Despite an ugly start to his sophomore season, he still looks like he can be a good shooter from mid-range and three. He'll have two more seasons to prove himself, with consistency being key. All in all, while the Spurs have a promising core led by Wembanyama, there are still some huge question marks with Vassell, Sochan, Johnson, Branham, and Wesley.

Fortunately, even if only two of those players pan out, the Spurs still have plenty of picks that they can use to replace the ones that don't, including the fourth and eighth picks in this year's draft. As long as Wembanyama lives up to expectations, then the Spurs can find supporting pieces to build a contender.