A Way-too-early prediction of the Spurs' 2023-24 starting lineup

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Power Forward: Jeremy Sochan

Before choosing Jeremy Sochan ninth overall in the 2022 NBA Draft, the Spurs had a hole at power forward. Not anymore. Sochan has helped the team fortify its weakest position by adding defensive versatility and increasingly effective offensive output. That is due, in part, to the unorthodox methods used to improve his shooting form.

His one-handed free throws have helped set him apart from other players, as has his hair, but it has also helped improve his shooting mechanics. He's increased his percentages from the line and looks more confident shooting from outside than ever before. Considering he's still only a teenager, that bodes well for him and the Spurs going forward. Sochan should be a lock to start next season, and he could be the team's foundation at the four for years to come.

Center: Victor Wembanyama

San Antonio's decision to trade Dejounte Murray this past summer led the team to the position they're in now. They were inevitably going to be bad enough to end up with a high lottery pick, and they will likely have as good a chance as any team to secure the first pick of the 2023 NBA Draft. Selecting Wembanyama number one is a no-brainer, and he'd be a perfect fit for what they have built so far. The Spurs have four capable defenders to surround the french phenom, complementing his elite shot-blocking ability.

There's also enough playmaking to get him the ball in favorable situations, as well as scoring help from Vassell and Johnson. That would relieve some of the pressure for him to be an immediate star while still allowing him to be an impact player, and he's my optimistic prediction for the Spurs' starting center next season.

Ultimately, barring some terrible lottery luck, the starting lineup will largely remain the same next season, save for one exception. Point guard and center will be San Antonio's most upgradable positions, but all that could change depending on who they draft.

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