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San Antonio Spurs: 5 Bold training camp predictions

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2. Devin Vassell will start for the San Antonio Spurs next season

Devin Vassell was quickly able to join San Antonio's rotation and contribute last season. At just 20, he's proven that he can already defend effectively in the NBA while still having room to grow.

Offensively, he was primarily a spot-up shooter, hitting 34.5% of his threes last season. However, Vassell is a much better offensive player than he's been able to show, based on his college career and performance in the Summer League.

Now entering his second season, I believe he has a chance to become a starter. While Doug McDermott also makes sense as a starter due to his shooting ability, Vassell actually provides both shooting and defense. Another added benefit of having Vassell start is he could play significantly more than he otherwise might have, likely accelerating his development.

Therefore, I expect him to start at small forward alongside Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, and Jakob Poeltl. With Vassell, the Spurs could boast one of the league's best defensive starting lineups, potentially making the team more competitive next season.

Vassell would also get more of a chance to show off his offensive skill, including using ball screens to create shots for himself or by using off-ball screens. Overall, Vassell has a great chance of earning a starting role in training camp. 

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