2. Devin Vassell
Vassell was on his way to a breakout third season before suffering a knee injury that required surgery. He averaged 19.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.4 steals in 31.5 minutes per game through 28 contests, but he would only play ten games after that. His production dipped with his playing time after returning. Fans saw the flashes but were left wondering how healthy the 6’5 wing will be.
Spurs supporters are having some Kawhi Leonard flashbacks. Can Vassell get right or will the knee troubles follow him for the remainder of his career? Hopefully, last season was a one-off, and the 23-year-old will be ready to fully break out in year four.
Vassell’s jumper has improved every year, and the Spurs believe he can be a 40 percent 3-point shooter in his prime. Couple that with a strong mid-range game, and the Spurs could have an elite scorer on their hands.
Devin Vassell needs to improve his defense, but Victor Wembanyama will help. The 7’3 big man is an elite shot-blocker and rim protector who could be one of the best interior defenders in the NBA by his third season. That will make the entire Spurs defense look better. Expect Devin Vassell to take another step forward if he is healthy in the 2023-24 campaign.