San Antonio Spurs Keldon Johnson (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)
How can Keldon Johnson adjust to being left alone?
With San Antonio’s jam-packed schedule, they unfortunately never have time for practices anymore. This situation will likely be something the Spurs will need to work closely on with Keldon in the offseason.
The first step in getting Keldon’s numbers back up is locking him in the gym with Chip Engelland and refining his outside shot. Having defenses close out hard on Keldon is the key to his game, but they won’t do that if he’s not a decent 3-point shooter.
The second thing Keldon needs to work on is a reliable floater. Currently, he doesn’t have that in his game, but it would be a perfect addition to his arsenal since everyone knows he’s going to drive hard to the rim and not stop until he gets there.
Teams knowing exactly what Johnson is going to do allows them to crowd the paint and strip him of the ball or draw a charge, which has been happening more frequently in recent weeks.
Is it too early to write off Keldon as the team’s next potential star? Of course. He has the energy, hustle, and determination to make it big in this league. He just needs to add a few more weapons into his bag before we can be treated to seeing a consistent Keldon Johnson once again.