Loser: Point Sochan Experiment
The Spurs have attempted to use Jeremy Sochan as the defacto point guard in their tall-ball starting lineup at the outset of the season. While it has only been three games, the experiment isn't looking great. Sochan has recorded 12 assists and nine turnovers in his newfound role orchestrating the offense. Those are far from astounding numbers for someone who is supposed to be a key initiator on offense.
Instead of letting the game come to him, Sochan appears to be overthinking every decision. He struggled to generate dribble penetration and find teammates, and this trial-by-fire approach has been a detriment to the team and Sochan. The 20-year-old is a player who thrives finishing off the ball, and starting him at point guard isn't working. San Antonio might have to pull the plug if this experiment keeps going downhill.
Loser: The Starting Lineup
A floundering first unit goes hand in hand with the uncertain point guard experiment. That group struggled against a tried-and-true Clippers team, and San Antonio was a mess with and without Victor Wembanyama on the floor. Fans want to see more out of the tall-ball lineup. The starters failed to create favorable looks and made countless careless mistakes, combining for 16 turnovers.
Add the shooting woes from Zach Collins to their suspect point guard situation and inability to set up Wembanyama, and the Spurs had a recipe for disaster. If the first unit wants to find steady success, San Antonio must make adjustments, which include which personnel are out on the hardwood. Whatever the case is, things aren't looking too pretty through their first three games of the season.