Sit or Play: Which Spurs should see a shift in minutes after the All-Star Break?

By Noah Magaro-George
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The Guards

Tre Jones: Hold

Tre Jones might not be the point guard of the future, but he has furnished this young squad with the precise sort of steady playmaking that has kept their offense on the rails this season. Unlike the first players we reviewed, the coaching staff should neither increase nor reduce Jones' minutes. The 23-year-old floor general benefits everyone on the court, so why not leave him be and let him continue business as usual?

Blake Wesley: Play

We took an in-depth look at the rookie guard in an article last week, and it outlines how the club should handle his development for the remainder of their schedule. Here's what you need to know. San Antonio is tanking their way into the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes. Blake Wesley needs more minutes, and the organization shouldn't care whether that comes in the G League or the NBA.

Devin Vassell: Hold

The Spurs still have no definitive date for when Devin Vassell might return this season, but head coach Gregg Popovich recently told local media the third-year shooting guard could come back after the All-Star Break. Devin made tremendous developmental strides as a scorer, positioning his name in the Most Improved Player of the Year discussion. Vassell should see as many minutes as possible whenever he feels 100%.

Malaki Branham: Play

Malaki Branham is another player who should see additional minutes after the All-Star extravaganza. The 19-year-old has been remarkable since the calendar flipped to February, leading all rookies with 18.1 points per game on 51.8% shooting through the first three weeks of the month. Branham is in stride, and there's no reason to extinguish his scorching scoring streak. Let Malaki cook while the flames are still white-hot.