3 Spurs who are franchise building blocks, 4 that should be cut loose

The Spurs have work to do in building around Victor Wembanyama.
San Antonio Spurs, Victor Wembanyama
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Building block: Jeremy Sochan

The ninth overall pick in 2022 remains a building block in San Antonio, but coach Pop is still figuring out how to maximize his skill set. Sochan was asked to play point guard to begin his second season, but that did not work. His versatility is intriguing, but makes it tough to find his perfect role.

His shooting improved, but the 21-year-old still made just 30.8 percent from 3-point range. Wembanyama is far from an elite shooter, and the Spurs have to figure out how to maximize space if that is their long-term frontcourt.

Sochan’s youth and versatile skill set make it far too early to trade him. His defense has been subpar and his negative-0.8 value over replacement (VORP) was the 13th-worst in the NBA this season. Still, there is plenty to be excited about. Having a 6’8 forward who can handle the ball, make plays, and defend multiple positions is a luxury.

Sochan may never be a star, but he should be a quality rotation piece for years to come. Making it work next to Victor Wembanyama won't be easy, but it is too soon to give up. The Spurs must let both players blossom and improve together. It will take time, but that is the advantage of having two building blocks under 22 years old.

Keeping Jeremy Sochan next to Wemby ensures this big man should be made available.