This unorthodox bench lineup could be pure fun for Spurs

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Scoring From All Angles

This is where things start to really get fun. Defensive aptitude, youth and athleticism, and the ability to grow as a cohesive group are all important components of winning, but ultimately, someone needs to put the ball in the bucket or none of it really matters. Thankfully, this is a group that could have an interestingly high ceiling in that department.

Even if last season’s numbers don’t suggest this, both Branham and Johnson are lights-out shooters that can really pile it on from deep when they’re in a good rhythm, and I’d argue the same for Sandro Mamukelashvili, who averaged 17.5 points on 48/34/71 shooting splits in his final season at Seton Hall. Cissoko, Johnson, and Bassey all have the ability to make poster-worthy finishes at the rim. And as a ball-handler, Branham converted on nearly 60% of his attempts out of the pick-and-roll in his lone season at Ohio State—an absurd number.

In isolation scenarios, space creation could be a bit of an issue. But this group has so much shooting, playmaking, and ball-handling ability that it may not matter. This lineup has multiple scoring threats and I would be surprised if at least one of them didn’t have a good scoring night in any given game.

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