Vassell totaled 12 points (4-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three rebounds and three steals over 23 minutes in a loss to the Rockets on Thursday.
The rookie has combined for 45 minutes over his last two contests, though he scored only two points his last time out. Thursday's showing could help him continue to earn more time on the court as his point total led all Spurs reserves.
Vassell (knee) is listed as available for Tuesday's game against the Thunder.
Vassell won't have to miss any time due to a sore left knee that hampered him in Sunday's loss to the Timberwolves. The rookie has failed to score in his last two games.
Vassell is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Thunder due to a sore left knee, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.
The rookie picked up the injury late in Sunday's 96-88 loss to the Timberwolves, finishing the night with zero points (0-2 FG), two rebounds and one steal. The Spurs plan to reassess him at shootaround Tuesday before determining his status ahead of the game's 8 p.m. ET tipoff.
Vassell poured in a career-high 12 points (4-5 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT) to go with two rebounds and one steal across 17 minutes Tuesday in the Spurs' 116-113 win over the Clippers.
The San Antonio bench was lights out from distance, with three Spurs reserves (Vassell, Patty Mills and Rudy Gay) combining to go 14-for-21 on three-point attempts. Mills did the heavy lifting by knocking down eight of the triples, but Vassell showed why he was billed as one of the top shooters in this year's draft coming out of Florida State. Vassell's strong night likely won't earn him a major uptick in playing time over the next few games, but he should at least be locked into an every-night role in the rotation with Derrick White (toe) out indefinitely.
Vassell has averaged just 3.3 points per game over his first four games of the season.
Vassell has come off the bench in each of the first four games, cracking the 20-minute mark just once and making just 31.3 percent of his shots. The fact that he's made 42.9 percent of his threes might be encouraging if he's able to sustain it; however, he's simply not playing or contributing enough to have any sort of upside across most formats.
Vassell totaled 18 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt), six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 26 minutes during Thursday's 128-106 loss to the Rockets.
Vassell was fantastic for the Spurs, showing off his varied skill set. He has the ability to contribute across the board and looks as though he is going to be utilized right out of the gate. As with any rookie, there is an element of risk when pulling him onto your squad. However, based on what we have seen thus far, he could make for an intriguing flyer in standard leagues.
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