The San Antonio Spurs are a team with multiple interesting young prospects. While it may be unlikely they make the playoffs this coming season, there's certainly a lot of talent on the roster to be excited about in both the present and future.
Between Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Tre Jones, Josh Primo, and a star-studded 2022 rookie class consisting of three first-round picks, there's more than a few players with promising potential for Spurs fans to root for in the coming years.
This group of talented youngsters will have the chance to develop into one of the more exciting young cores in the league. But out of all them, which player can reach the highest ceiling in their career? Let's get into it.
Keldon Johnson and Josh Primo Have A Strong Case
Let's start off with the incoming rookies. For the sake of the exercise, we're going to consider only the players that have at least one professional season under their belt. That's not to say Jeremy Sochan, Malaki Branham, or Blake Wesley couldn't become the best player on the Spurs' roster in due time, but it's too early to make these kind of judgements about them just yet.
First, we should look at the player who has a chance to be the best player in San Antonio this coming season: Keldon Johnson. After putting up the best campaign of his young career in 2021-22 with an impressive 17 points per contest and shooting a red-hot 39% from three, Keldon's stock is as high as it's ever been.
However, Keldon is a bit older than the other players in consideration for highest ceiling, so we can assume he's closer to the best version of himself than some of his younger teammates. Josh Primo, on the other hand, is still just 19 years old.
After playing his rookie season as the youngest player in the NBA, Primo is shaping up to be a promising rotational player. His still-growing physical frame, sharp instincts, and clutch factor have all pointed to him having star potential. But I believe there's another player on the Spurs' roster that has greater potential than even Primo.
Devin Vassell Is A Future All-Star
As talented as some of the other players on the Spurs' roster are, Devin Vassell ultimately has the highest ceiling for his career. What he's shown us in his first two seasons as a pro is undeniable evidence.
After a rookie year where he saw minimal playing time (17 minutes per game), Vassell blossomed in a big way with increased opportunity in his sophomore season. He averaged 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 27.3 minutes of action per contest. He also shot 36% from three-point range.
Vassell's 2021-22 year was just the beginning of what he can become in a Spurs uniform. His capability on both offense and defense will go a long way toward him developing into an All-Star caliber player one day.
Defensively, he has a lengthy frame and moves well laterally, allowing him to stay with quicker offensive players and get a hand on the ball unexpectedly. This is evidenced by his 1.1 steals and 0.6 blocks per game last season.
Offensively, Vassell can knock down shots from all over the floor. His pull-up midrange game is uncommon, and he has the beginnings of an offensive skillset that resembles all-world talents like Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard.
In time, the dots will start to connect, and we'll see that the Spurs selected yet another uniquely special talent who will end up as one of the best players from the 2020 NBA Draft.