Dud: The Sochan point guard experiment
The experiment with Jeremy Sochan hit another speed bump on Monday night, and it continues to yield lackluster results. Unfortunately, Sochan is still struggling to learn his new role as a point guard, which is the most demanding position in the NBA. Despite a repeated emphasis from Gregg Popovich on the developmental aspect of this season, forcing Sochan to run the offense has come at the expense of winning games.
Trotting out Sochan at point guard has been a disaster since the start of the season, and there have been negligible improvements after 14 games. While all the blame shouldn't fall on Sochan since he is trying to adapt to unfamiliar responsibilities, there is reasonable concern about how this could impact Victor Wembanyama. It is also worth noting that Wemby's True Shooting Percentage rises by 20% when Tre Jones is on the court.
San Antonio's losing streak stretched to nine games in their latest second-half meltdown. The Spurs and their franchise centerpiece have faced unbelievable pressure, and everyone has been keen on giving them their best shot. Though few people expected many wins from this inexperienced roster, they must adjust their game plan to course correct before the losses take a toll on their confidence and chemistry.