2.) All-Around Defense
San Antonio could not have been much worse on defense last year, ranking last in multiple categories like opponent points per game, three-point percentage, and field goals allowed. Nothing stood out as a positive for San Antonio on that end of the court. However, General Manager Brian Wright used this offseason to turn a new leaf.
Gregg Popovich now has a roster with an infinitely higher defensive ceiling. The Spurs struck gold in the draft for a multitude of reasons. Lucking into Victor Wembanyama made them automatic winners, but their night didn't end there. Wright selected Sidy Cissoko with the 44th overall pick, a G League Ignite prospect who built a strong resume as a versatile perimeter defender, a skill he showcased at Summer League.
Jeremy Sochan captured the attention of the NBA community after the coaching staff asked him to defend smaller guards and lead ballhandlers on a nightly basis during his rookie season, a role he embraced and refused to let go. He displayed immense upside as a perimeter defender, and the sky is the limit for the former ninth-overall pick as he prepares for his sophomore campaign.
We already discussed Reggie Bullock, and he is the cherry on top for a retooled roster. The former Maverick has tons of respect around the league for his defensive talent. The veteran forward should be a perfect fit as a critical piece of the puzzle for San Antonio's depth chart. He brings solid instincts in the passing lanes, makes timely rotations, and has the highly underrated ability to match up against taller players around the rim.
The Spurs loaded up on defensive talent this summer. Don't forget Tre Jones is a former ACC Defensive Player of the Year who averaged a team-high 1.3 steals per game last season. And Devin Vassell has a ton of untapped defensive upside that still has time to blossom as he continues developing!