Three X-Factors that could alter the trajectory of the Spurs this season

Victor Wembanyama, Keldon Johnson
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The San Antonio Spurs are coming off a 60-loss season that went down in the history books as one of the worst years in franchise history, but the front office reloaded on talent after lucking into Victor Wembanyama and trading for a handful of veterans this summer. Gregg Popovich and company are on a mission to right the ship in 2023-24, and the team has several x-factors across their roster that could propel them back into postseason contention.

The All-Star potential of Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell

Even the most optimistic Spurs fans had to be surprised when the team boasted a 5-2 record at the start of last season. The organization had traded away its only All-Star over the summer when it sentDejounte Murray to the Atlanta Hawks. Needless to say, San Antonio’s plan to play bad for the French lad were hidden by a very,verythin veil. And yet, they exceeded expectations, thanks to the efforts of one Big Body. 

Over the course of the first 15 games of the season (the most competitive stretch of Spurs basketball last year), Keldon Johnson held averages of 24 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds on 46/43/77 shooting splits, playing 34 minutes per game. That is bonafide All-Star stuff. Now that a gravitational force like Victor Wembanyama will be sharing the court with him, there’s a decent chance KJ picks right back up on those numbers. 

As for Vassell, if you’ve read my work before you know my feelings on his potential. Any time that I’m asked to make a bold prediction for Air Alamo, my crystal ball always sets its sights on DV. Of everyone on the roster not named Wemby, Dev has the greatest chance not only to make the All-Star team, but to potentially end up on an All-NBA team some day. With better health on the horizon and, once again, Vic providing spacing, the arrow is absolutely pointing up for #24.

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