The San Antonio Spurs made the wing position a major focus of their offseason in both free agency and the draft with some shrewd moves.
The San Antonio Spurs entered this summer with some major holes at the wing position.
While the Spurs don’t expect their rookies to contribute right away, drafting Luka Samanic and Keldon Johnson added some wings of the future that the organization can build around.
Then the front office re-signed Rudy Gay to a two-year deal after he was really the only reliable wing on their roster last season.
The organization doubled down at the wing position with their first move of free agency by acquiring DeMarre Carroll on a three-year, $21 million contract.
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Morris was easily the best player left on the free agency market at this point of the process, and San Antonio jumped at the chance to sign him after Kawhi Leonard finally made his decision late on Friday night.
Gay, Carroll and Morris are all able to space the floor and shoot from three while capably defending some of the league’s best wings.
Rudy and Marcus are both able to make plays with the ball in their hands to go along with their above-average outside shot while DeMarre is a perfect fit as a spot-up shooter surrounding some of the Spurs’ more ball-dominant offensive players.
San Antonio has been criticized in recent years for not adapting to the modern game and building their team around players who do most of their damage in the midrange in DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge.
However, the Spurs have now constructed a team that is absolutely with loaded with depth at the wing and guard positions which reign supreme in today’s NBA while maintaining a strong frontcourt rotation with Aldridge and Jakob Poeltl.
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Considering San Antonio’s resources coming into the offseason, they’ve done a great job of modernizing their squad and making their roster one of the deepest in the entire league.