Ranking the young core by how important they are to the Spurs’ future

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5.) Malaki Branham

Malaki Branham showed incredible promise during his rookie season. The former Ohio State Buckeye can score from all three levels, and that helped him earn significant minutes and a spot in the rotation right from the jump. Though shooting 44% from the floor leaves room for improvement, he could turn into a sparkplug for San Antonio's offense.

Popovich can place the 20-year-old swingman in a supporting role and still expect him to thrive with limited shots and touches. Though he needs to continue working on the defensive end, there is zero doubt his offensive upside can keep him on the court. Branham should once again play a pivotal role for the second unit this season.

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