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3 Spurs players at risk of disappointing in '22-23

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Tre Jones brings fresh face to San Antonio Spurs staring point guard role

The San Antonio Spurs haven't rotated the starting point guard spot often over the past two decades. Over the past decade, you can't find a ton of games that didn't feature one of Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, or Dejounte Murray starting at point guard. That should all change this season when Tre Jones takes over.

Jones has been an effective albeit limited player for the Spurs over the last two seasons, steadily improving his role from fringe contributor to a crucial player and near-league leader in assist-to-turnover ratio, falling just a hair behind his brother Tyus.

Jones has been a good player but as the starting point guard for the San Antonio Spurs, he's got some pretty big shoes to fill.

One of the biggest areas for improvement in Jones's game in his inaugural season as the Spurs starting point guard is his three-point shooting ability. This is something Dejounte Murray struggled with as well but if the Spurs and Jones want to get the most out of their slashing wings, it would be helpful if the Spurs opponents respected Jones's jumper enough to play him honestly. And that's not something that's going to happen as long as he's shooting 33 percent from behind the arc as he has so far throughout his career.

On the other end of the floor, it's easy to see how Jones could get taken advantage of over the course of the regular season. He's held his own thus far but he also hasn't been tasked with being the primary defender on guys such as Ja Morant, Chris Paul, Steph Curry, and others, as he will be this season. Can he hold his own with the best guards in the West on a night-to-night basis?

Maybe, looking at how opponents fared against Jones last season he could be a net improvement on the defensive end of the floor. If that can hold up for the full 82-game slate could be what determines if the Spurs surprise teams or if they struggle to hold opponents in check night tonight.

Jones looks up to the task but it's not a small ask. He's surely going to have his struggles and there's a slim chance that he lives up to the standard that Murray set last season as an all-around contributor.

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As long as Spurs fans approach this season with reasonable expectations there are few reasons to be disappointed. If you expect a Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, and surprise play-in experience yeah, you're probably going to end up disappointed. But if you view this season as a one whole learning experience and embrace the fact that this season can be fun, no matter how many hurdles the Spurs run into along the way, then there is little reason to be disappointed in how this year shakes out.

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