The Spurs have been in an odd position for the past couple of seasons and it looks like they’ll be there again. Ever since Kawhi skipped town, the team has been on a slow decline and it looks like they’re going to hit rock bottom soon. The team is not terrible by any means, but do they have what it takes to compete in the West today?
San Antonio was very quiet this off-season. The only transitions made were the rookie deals of Devin Vassell and Tre Jones while Brynn Forbes left for Milwaukee. Forbes will be missed due to his tremendous three-point shooting. He’s been a steady shooter from behind the line since he entered the league and would’ve helped space floor very well. I think Vassell could be someone that alleviates Forbes’ departure because of how good of a shooter he is. Devin’s defense will be an upgrade over Brynn from the word ‘go’ as well, so they may not miss Forbes all that much.
It was a bit of a surprise to see Vassell on the board for the Spurs at 11 and I think it was the right selection. He’s a talented shooter who showed chops as a ball handler in his second season at Florida State. Given his 3-and-D profile, he should be a very useful player in Coach Pop’s system. If Vassell develops his ability to play with the ball in his hands further, the Spurs could have another All-Star on their hands. Their second selection, Tre Jones, doesn’t have quite that upside. Tre is a lot like his brother Tyus in the sense that he is a backup point guard in this league. Tre is more defense-oriented than his older brother, but the profile is similar.
I’m interested to see how this team looks at the end of the year compared to now. Demar Derozan and LaMarcus Aldridge are both on expiring contracts and could be dealt at some point. I don’t think Popovich will want to lean into a rebuild, but it may be the best thing for the team. The Spurs have collected some nice young talent and should look to continue to build around it. They seem to be trying to compete while rebuilding at the same time. It is an incredibly fine line to try to walk, but if there is one organization that could do it I would chose this one. As far as the playoff picture is concerned, the Spurs have a hill to climb. I’m not going to count them out, but I think they may be on the outside looking in.