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Ranking the Spurs' 3 Biggest Offseason Needs

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When the San Antonio Spurs take the court this fall, they'd better have a decently different roster makeup if they want to be considered playoff contenders.

While the 2021-22 season was about as successful as you could hope for from a fully rebuilding organization, they still have some ground to make up to get to where fans expect. The last thing any franchise wants to face is a streak of playoff misses to continue growing by the year.

Based on what they did at the NBA trade deadline, it looks like the Spurs' front office isn't messing around when it comes to speeding up their rebuilding process. GM Brian Wright's trade of Derrick White and the additional draft picks he picked up signaled a new era in San Antonio built on the foundation of Dejounte Murray and a young, talented nucleus.

Now comes the fun part, Spurs fans. There are plenty of assets for the team to work with, and the summer will undoubtedly be more eventful than everyone is used to in the Alamo City. With that in mind, there are certain needs for this roster that take precedence over others.

From least to most important, here are three things I believe the Spurs need this offseason.

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3. One of the promising two wings to leap forward

I think it's a given that the Spurs are hoping several guys on the current roster can leap forward to potential stardom. After all, San Antonio has molded talented players into stars in the past. Realistically, that's not going to happen every season though. Still, there are two young wings I'm eyeing when it comes to potentially making a big jump in their careers.

It's probably too early to expect Josh Primo to suddenly emerge as a nightly 15-point, 5-assist, 38% from three guy next season. After all, he'll still be a teenager when the Spurs tip off their 2022-23 season. Still, from his defensive instincts and swagger to how often Coach Popovich talks him up, there's a ton of potential there.

He may be inefficient from the field and get careless with the ball sometimes, but it's hard to fault Primo for struggling to adapt to the NBA on some nights. The confidence he exudes paired with his raw talent make Josh one of the most exciting young guys on the roster, and it wouldn't completely surprise me if he emerged as the next big thing in San Antonio.

The other young Spur with sky-high potential is the slender sniper with deceptive athleticism, Devin Vassell. Like Primo, he's shown the ability to do a bit of everything on the court, and there's no reason to believe he won't be even better next season. His biggest offensive game of the season came when the lights were brightest, when he scored 23 points in the NBA Play-In Tournament game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

While he took some strides in these things between years one and two, Vassell could stand to be even more aggressive and search for his shot on offense in his junior year. He also has some work to do with handling the ball and hitting wide-open threes.

In his rookie year, Vassell made just 33.3% of his attempts from beyond the arc when a defender was nowhere near him. Last season, that improved to 37.1%, but he was still behind Keldon Johnson and Dejounte Murray in that regard. He's simply too good of a shooter to miss those freebies, and that burned the Spurs often in crunch time, where he shot 0-for-14 on the season.

Given that he already contributes so much while also having areas that can easily be improved, I expect big things from Vassell next season, and the Spurs certainly need that.

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