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Ranking the 5 Youngest Spurs on the Meteoric Rise Scale

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1. Devin Vassell (Age: 21)

Going back to my criteria of raw talent, coachability, basketball intelligence, and my own personal feelings, Devin Vassell stands above the rest. There's hardly anything negative I can say about the Florida State standout. I guess he shot threes poorly for the last month of last season? That's about it.

I can't envision a scenario in which Vassell doesn't vastly improve this season and become one of the most reliable guys on the team. He always knows where to be on the court on both ends and has the wingspan to go along with his remarkable anticipation on defense.

If the Spurs are going to play fast all season, which appears to be the plan, Vassell can do that just fine. If they need to slow it down in the half-court on a given night, he's one of the top two on-ball defenders on the team alongside Murray.

Like Jones, Vassell also showed growth in his overall game in the Summer League -- using that chance to work on his shot-creation and being effective at it. Will he ever be a guy that can break his man down one-on-one often? Probably not, but that's ok. His smarts allow him to find open spots and create scoring opportunities in other ways.

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If his hype video is to believed, we're about to see a different Devin this year. I tell you one thing -- I believe it. Vassell is going to make huge strides in 2022 and will be one of the biggest reasons the Spurs might be better than advertised. That meteoric rise is coming, and it's not going to take long to begin.

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