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NBA players with ties to San Antonio

Some recent games have featured burgeoning hometown heroes

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The other night on the Spurs Live Pregame, there was mention of some current NBA players with ties to San Antonio.

Charles Bassey, who played at St. Anthony here in San Antonio, is a current member of his hometown (via Lagos, Nigeria) Spurs. He recently suffered a season-ending ACL injury. Bassey has shown lots of potential and hopefully will have a chance to return to the big show and show off his game in the future.

Taurean Prince played high school ball at Warren High School. He is currently with the Los Angeles Lakers and came through for two games in front of his hometown crowd. The Spurs and Lakers split the games, Prince played well in both scoring 17 and 15 in the two games.

Jordan Clarkson, a standout at Wagner High School, also just passed through town with the Utah Jazz earlier this week. He typically torches the Spurs, and his 24 points on Tuesday was consistent with his output in previous matchups.

The fourth is Stanley Umude, who also attended Warren High School. He went undrafted in 2022 and is currently on a two-way contract with the Detroit Pistons. We won’t get our first looks at Umude (if at all) until the Pistons come through on January 10th.

Coming from a different angle, Atlanta Hawks swingman Wes Matthews was actually born in San Antonio. That’s because at the time his father, Wes Matthrews, Sr. was playing for the Spurs during the 1985-86 season. Otherwise, the younger Matthews never played for a local school and probably has no recollection of his time here at all.

There have also been a number of former players who honed their craft in the Alamo City, but we’ll save that for another day.

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