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The San Antonio Spurs selected Florida State wing Devin Vassell early in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday night. The Spurs selected Vassell 11th overall.
Vassell was the second FSU player taken on Wednesday night, joining forward Patrick Williams. It marks the first time since 1993 that multiple Seminoles were taken in the first round.
WHAT THE SPURS ARE GETTING
Vassell is a high-floor prospect and will be in a plug-and-play, three-and-D role to immediately raise the floor of this team. The 6-foot-7 wing from Florida State has the ability to stretch the defense with his three-point shooting, and can guard just about anybody.
Offensively, Vassell brings a 41.7% mark from beyond the arc to the table. His three-pointers have mostly come on catch-and-shoot scenarios, but he has shown ability to make plays aggressively.
His biggest flaw may be his ability to draw contact on drives. In his last season at FSU, he had a .221 free throw rate.
Vassell’s defensive game is his strength. He has a good feel for when to get out of position to make a play, and wreaks havoc on opposing offenses.
The tall defender is strong in passing lanes, and has a knack for getting steals. He will provide immediate defensive value in the NBA, but will need to bulk up in order to defend bigger forwards.
WHY THIS IS A GOOD PICK
Last season, the Spurs missed the playoffs for the first time since 1997, so they needed an instant injection of talent. Picking up Vassell will provide them with a player that will hit the ground running and provide immediate returns.
The Spurs need a three-and-D prospect, and Vassell checks every box. Vassell will slide into the rotation early and make an immediate impact as an elite role player.
This is also an extremely safe pick. The Leonard Hamilton product is an elite defender, so it isn’t a risk to put him out on the floor.
Vassell is already a master of what he’ll be asked to do, so he has a unique opportunity to improve in other areas. He won’t have to create offensive plays nearly as much, as the Spurs already have playmakers.