Devin Vassell, now in his second season, has more than lived up to his status as a lottery pick thus far. After all, he's already a good defender, which is unusual for a second-year player, and he's also making strides offensively. He's been particularly effective scoring inside the arc, taking 5.3 shots per game and hitting roughly 52 percent of them.
With Derrick White now gone and Vassell starting, the increase in playing time could help accelerate his development and serve as a confidence boost. After all, the Spurs likely traded White away in part because they had Vassell ready to replace him. That's definitely encouraging and a sign that San Antonio has all the confidence in the world in him.
However, Vassell's promotion to the starting lineup comes with increased responsibility. White, despite his struggles this season, still ranked third on the team in scoring and second in assists. Not to mention he often guarded the opposing team's best or second-best perimeter player.
San Antonio doesn't need Devin to do all of that right away, and he'll have the rest of the season to practice. In his first few games as a starter, he's already played more with the ball in his hands, much like how he did in the Summer League.
The results have been encouraging. He looks comfortable with the increase in touches and has proven capable of utilizing ball screens to get open shots for himself. That ability will definitely be on full display going forward, especially with the playmaking vacuum left following the White trade.
Additionally, considering how aggressive he's been on offense this season, he should thrive in his new role now that he’ll likely be playing more than 30 minutes per game.
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