Devin Vassell from the San Antonio Spurs
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Spurs' Devin Vassell is emerging as a star on both ends of the court

Published March 28, 2024 at 6:57 PM

In a remarkable showcase of talent, the San Antonio Spurs clinched a dominant win against the Utah Jazz in Wednesday's game. Vassell's standout performance included 31 points (12-20 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), along with four rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 39 minutes of play. Vassell's impressive shooting efficiency contributed significantly to his team-leading score in the victory over the Jazz.

Over his last ten games, the 23-year-old guard has been averaging 20.0 points, 4.9 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.3 steals in 36.6 minutes per game. Additionally, he has maintained shooting splits of 49.1% from the field, 38.6% from beyond the arc, and 88.0% from the free-throw line during this period.

Beyond his offensive contributions, Vassell has emerged as a formidable presence on both ends of the court, showcasing his versatility and defensive prowess. Drawing inspiration from the early stages of his career, particularly from the influence of DeMar DeRozan, Vassell's evolution into a well-rounded player is evident in his adeptness at not only perimeter shooting but also driving to the basket and anchoring the team's defense.

Despite assuming the role of offensive focal point, Vassell remains committed to his defensive responsibilities, a facet of his game that initially garnered attention, leading to his selection as the 11th overall pick in the 2020 draft.

"I'm just trying to be a leader out there on both ends of the floor," said Vassell after the victory. "I talked about it earlier in the season where I just want to be that defensive anchor. I want to be somebody who is picking up and just being disruptive. Defensive end, I've been trying to anchor that and offensively coach puts me in a great position to get downhill. Get to my spots. Pick them apart."

Jeremy Sochan undoubtedly stands out as the Spurs' most proficient point-of-attack defender, while Victor Wembanayama has swiftly established himself as one of the premier rim protectors in the league. With Vassell seamlessly fitting into the third defensive role, the Spurs boast a formidable defensive foundation for the future.

Source CBS Sports : Spurs' Devin Vassell: Leads team to victory
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