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

By Noah Magaro-George
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Keldon Johnson: Hold

There's no need to alter anything with Keldon Johnson and his role for the Spurs. The fourth-year forward is notching a career-high 32.6 minutes per game while operating as the de facto number-one scoring option. Despite laboring to adjust to the extra defensive attention, pushing Keldon outside his comfort zone as an initiator and self-creator will only expedite growth in the more vulnerable areas of his toolbox.

Keita Bates-Diop: Sit

Rebuilding franchises should be concentrated on promoting sound habits and unearthing untapped upside. Keita Bates-Diop has a firm grasp of the fundamentals, but the 27-year-old has probably reached his ceiling. While that isn't to say he has no value to the Spurs, head coach Gregg Popovich could leave the veteran role player at the end of the bench and not lose a wink of sleep.

Doug McDermott: Hold

Doug McDermott is the sole veteran who deserves extended minutes on a nightly basis, regardless of the circumstance. His marksmanship has been vital for San Antonio this season. Not only does the 31-year-old space the floor like no one else on the roster, but he provides their young facilitators with a reliable outlet when the offense breaks down. McBuckets might be in the 2-1-0 when they return to contention.

Romeo Langford: Hold

The injury bug has plagued Romeo Langford since he entered the league, which is a shame considering the expectations scouts had for him coming out of the 2019 NBA Draft. With suffocating man-to-man defense, the ball skills to attack second-side actions, and budding instincts as a cutter, the 23-year-old wing looked to be a three-point stroke away from becoming a rotation player. The Spurs should invest in him if he can stay healthy.