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Areas That the San Antonio Spurs Can Improve In

By George Middleton

The San Antonio Spurs were the best team in the NBA last season, as shown with the leagues best record (62-20) and winning the title against the Miami Heat in five games. The Spurs seem to do everything right, whether it’s winning away from home or scoring 105 points a game. Despite seeming perfect, they can use improvement in the following areas:

1.) Forcing Turnovers

The Spurs were the sixth best defense in the NBA last season, in terms of points allowed (97.6). The Spurs have a few elite defenders, in Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard. However, they can use improvement at forcing turnovers. The Spurs averaged 7.4 steals per game, which ranked 20th in the league. Only two Spurs average more than one steal (Manu Ginobili and Leonard). It all starts with point guard Tony Parker, as he tends to relax a bit too much on defense, if Parker is more aggressive on defense, that number will jump.

2.) Attacking the Basket

I couldn’t believe that the Spurs finished last in the league in free throw attempts (20 per game). Then I thought to myself, many of the Spurs players are at their best when shooting. Patty Mills, Danny Green, Marco Belinelli, and Matt Bonner rarely attack the basket. Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are two of the best in the league at attacking the basket. I expect the Spurs to average more free throw attempts next season, as Leonard has gained confidence on offense. Despite being last in attempts, the Spurs shot 79% which ranked fourth in the league.

3.) Point Guard Depth

Tony Parker will certainly hold it down at the point guard spot, but what will happen in the 15-20 minutes he is out? This wouldn’t even be on the list, if Mills was healthy. With Mills out, Cory Joseph will have to step in and fill the role. Joseph averaged 5 points and 1.7 assists in 13.8 minutes last year. The main concern is Joseph’s shooting, as he shot 32% from three, compared to Mills 43%. Who knows maybe rookies Kyle Anderson or Bryce Cotton will make a push for some minutes at point guard.

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