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Building a Championship Team – One Player at a Time!

By MJ Young

This summer, the San Antonio Spurs were looking to upgrade their Victor Wembanyama project by adding talent and veteran leadership to support him.

For starters, the Spurs selected Stephon Castle in the first round at No. 4. He is a tall, versatile point guard/shooting guard known best for his defense and willingness to win. Because the Spurs picked up Chris Paul from the Golden State Warriors, Castle will likely play shooting guard, where he can play alongside and learn from Paul. Castle is coming off the recent NCAA championship win at the University of Connecticut.

The Spurs also secured promising future talents. Juan Nunez, the No. 36 pick, is currently playing overseas and will join the team next year. Similarly, Harrison Ingram, the No. 48 pick, is expected to hone his skills with the Spurs’ G-League team in Austin. 

The Spurs signed Paul to a one-year $11 million deal. As of right now, Paul is projected to be the starting point guard. The sports world is saying it’s a good pick-up even though he’s older and at the end of his career. He can mentor Castle and Spurs point guard Tre Jones. Paul will also be able to give Victor Wembanyama the ball more. 

The Spurs also made a significant move by acquiring Harrison Barnes via a sign-and-trade deal. This deal involved sending DeMar DeRozan to the Sacramento Kings, along with Chris Duarte and two second-round picks to the Chicago Bulls. The addition of Barnes, a versatile forward, adds depth to the Spurs’ roster and sets the stage for an exciting season. 

As the season unfolds, keep an eye on the promising talents of Jeremy Sochan and Devin Vassell. These young players are expected to make significant strides. The Spurs also have the opportunity to capitalize on the Atlanta Hawks’ unprotected 2025 first-round pick, potentially adding another key player to its roster. With three first-round picks, including a lottery-protected pick from the Chicago Bulls, the Spurs are in a strong position for the future. 

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