Johnson is doing his best to adjust to a much bigger role, but so far it seems he might be better off in a smaller one in the future.
A look at the numbers and factors behind San Antonio’s porous transition D.
San Antonio’s still just scratching the surface on how to leverage the rookie forward’s IQ and unique versatility.
The team’s 50th anniversary will be a year-long celebration of past successes as much as an admission of what it takes to repeat them.
After 3 years we may just have this down to a science.
Murray became an offensive force and a leader for the Spurs, cementing his place as part of the foundation going forward. Now the front office has to find the right pieces to put around him.
The young forward made a big leap as a shooter and now has a perfect complementary skill set on offense, but his ceiling and defensive potential remain unclear.
The big man anchored the defense like he was expected to, but he also showed more versatility on offense, which helped mask his lack of range and elite athleticism.
Vassell did a good job as a role player for the 2021/22 Spurs, but can he be more than that? His third year should offer some answers.
Richardson made plenty of fans in San Antonio in a short amount of time, but the veteran might not fit the rebuilding Spurs’ timeline going forward.
McDermott is a consummate pro who helps in specific ways, but he doesn’t move the needle, which makes him a questionable fit for a team like the Spurs.
Walker came alive after the trade deadline, looking like a potential Sixth Man of the Year candidate, but questions about his consistency remain.
The rookie showed flashes of potential, but couldn’t really contribute reliably when given the opportunity later in the season.
Collins only suited up for a fraction of the team’s games, but when he played, he proved the front office was right to take a chance on him.
Last season’s positionless style propped up some strengths and exposed roster flaws. Upcoming moves will depend on how they reconcile that trade-off and view their identity moving forward.
Jones performed exactly like the solid traditional backup point guard he is, but his skill set could become redundant in the future.
Keita Bates-Diop did what he was asked to, but didn’t really show the ability to eventually earn a bigger role.
The rookie center overcame a bad start to claim a rotation spot, but couldn’t keep it.
Instead of becoming a ball-dominant offensive threat like originally planned, Johnson became the best version of himself and in the process made a big leap as a player.
Vassell’s promotion should help the team on both ends while also speeding up his development.
After months of waiting, the Spurs finally have Collins available. Now it’s time to see how he can help them.
The absences of key players opened up playing time for the rookie, who’s been showing the upside that made him a lottery pick.
Three pointer-averse San Antonio has found itself on the wrong side of basketball math this season. That includes some extremely hot shooting by their opponents that has led to their defensive slide.
San Antonio leads the league in points in the paint, but is doing so by relying more on floaters and short jumpers than layups and dunks.
San Antonio has strung together its first win streak of the year. What are the themes and what can be sustained moving forward?