The San Antonio Spurs are at the center of the national spotlight for what feels like the first time in forever, and they have a tight grasp on it. Last year, San Antonio finished with a 22-60 record, which tied them with the team due east in the Houston Rockets for last place in the Western Conference.
Gregg Popovich and the young core are under pressure after landing Victor Wembanyama. Once you hit rock bottom, the only way you can go is up, and it certainly feels that way for this up-and-coming squad. Here is how the Silver and Black will drastically improve in several crucial areas this season.
1.) Three-Point Shooting
San Antonio acquired Devonte' Graham at the trade deadline last season, bringing some much-needed shooting to a roster with a shortage of players who could reliably stretch the floor. To this point in his career, Graham has made 35.6% of his three-point attempts. His presence as a shot-creating ballhandler off the bench will be vital to the Spurs this year.
The front office also sent Jakob Poeltl back to Toronto, and as much as it hurt to lose a top-ten center, it created an opportunity for Zach Collins to shine. His nightly numbers rose across the board, and the near seven-footer ended the year shooting an impressive 37.4% from three. Spurs fans should look for their newest starting center to carry that accuracy into this season.
We can’t forget who the front office brought in this offseason. San Antonio added veteran forwards Cedi Osman and Reggie Bullock in a pair of business-savvy trades. Both of these guys have sterling reputations for consistently hitting three-balls. Osman nailed 37.2% of his triples last season, Bullock buried an even 38% of his long-range looks, and they could be a breath of fresh air for a franchise in desperate need of depth and shooting.