Young but need playing time
The Spurs have three players at the end of their bench that are hungry for playing time, but they have been unable to get an extended opportunity. These three would be trade throw-ins but could have surprising potential in a larger role as they reach their primes.
14. Sandro Mamukelashvili
Mamukelsashvili was the 54th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and he played in 65 games with the Bucks before being waived in March 2023. The Spurs signed him for the stretch run, and the 6’11 big man averaged 10.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 23.3 minutes per game. The 24-year-old has potential, but he is not ready for a significant nightly role.
13. Charles Bassey
Bassey was the 53rd pick in 2021, and he ended up on the Spurs after being waived in Oct. 2022. The 6’11 big man averaged 5.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 14.5 minutes per game as a 22-year-old. He is set to make $2.5 million next season and has two non-guaranteed years left on his deal.
12. Julian Champagnie
Champagnie went undrafted in 2022, but he averaged 11.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 20.9 minutes per game during his 15 contests with the Spurs last season. It was enough to earn him a new four-year deal, and the 6’8 wing is hoping to take another step forward in year two.