3.) Floor Spacing
You may be wondering about the difference between three-point shooting and floor spacing, but these aspects of the game go hand in hand. The more players who can fire away from deep, the better the spacing will be for everyone else on the roster.
Everything started when San Antonio shipped Jakob Poeltl out at the trade deadline. Saying goodbye to Poeltl created more opportunities for Zach Collins to earn minutes in a starting role. Poeltl was a more traditional back-to-the-basket center, and replacing him with stretch-five like Collins immediately made a noticeable impact on the spacing for the Silver and Black.
Stretching the floor will be less of a challenge for San Antonio this season, and Cedi Osman could help unlock their offense. He was a sharpshooting sparkplug off the bench for the Cavaliers, a role he might thrive in for the Spurs if he makes it past the impending roster cuts at training camp next month. Bullock will also supply much-needed spacing and leadership to this young ball club.
Most people refer to offense when discussing spacing, but spacing is just as essential on the defensive end. The Spurs needed a sturdy wing stopper after letting Keita Bates-Diop walk in free agency earlier this summer, and trading for Bullock addressed that void.
San Antonio went old school and established a Twin Towers setup with Victor Wembanyama and Zach Collins in the starting lineup, giving themselves rim protection and versatility on the interior. Both guys can play on the blocks or have a domino-style formation in the paint. Either way, these big men will flat-out dominate the glass.
How could anyone forget about the human snowcone that is Jeremy Sochan? The 6-foot-9 forward can defend on the perimeter and switch to cover any position in a pinch. His presence around the three-point line and at the key will have scorers in shambles when they realize they must first get past him only to meet Collins and Wembanyama in the paint.
All-in-all, the San Antonio Spurs have every tool they need to make a massive leap this season and start building their next great dynasty.