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Ranking the San Antonio Spurs' Top 5 Assets

Cal Durrett
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Asset #4: Devin Vassell

Devin Vassell was drafted 11th overall in last year’s draft and has already emerged as a key rotation player for the Spurs this season. He ranks fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 12.8 points in just 26.4 minutes, and is also a fantastic team defender.

Considering great perimeter defenders are often difficult for teams to come by and often earn at least $10 million a season, having Vassell on his rookie-scale contract for two more years is incredibly valuable in and of itself.

However, he has far more offensive potential than many defensive specialists who are often primarily spot-up shooters. For instance, he's shooting a stellar 52.2% on 2-pt shots by scoring off of cuts, drives, pull-up jumpers, and in transition, in addition to hitting nearly 41% of his threes.

As his role continues to grow, so should his offensive game. After all, per 36 minutes, he's averaging 17.5 points, and when he eventually becomes a starter, he could average more on a per-game basis as his efficiency and number of shots increase. All in all, Vassell projects to be a high-ceiling two-way player and thus has significant value going forward.

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Asset #3: Keldon Johnson

Keldon Johnson's 2021-22 season has been a mixed bag thus far. On one hand, he is the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 16.1 points per game. On the other hand, he has struggled with his consistency in shooting from outside.

Luckily, his recent hot shooting has put him back near league average from three and could help him break out over the remainder of the season. Additionally, with continued work on his shot, he could even evolve into a 20-points-per-game scorer going forward.

Factor in that he's also a good defender and that he's barely 22, and the potential is there for him to be a very good player. Therefore, he definitely ranks as one of San Antonio's best assets.

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