1.) Keldon Johnson
Lightening the offensive load for Keldon Johnson was one of the potential benefits of securing Wembanyama with the number one overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. His shift to a lower spot in the pecking order has brought promising playmaking flashes out of the fifth-year forward, but the rest of his repertoire has been disappointing through ten games.
Johnson floundered from beyond the arc during his maiden voyage as the de facto go-to scorer for a tanking team last season, and he has nailed an appalling 31.4% of his 51 three-point attempts despite moving into a more favorable role as a complimentary option. Could Keldon flip the script? No doubt, but his ice-cold shooting isn't the only problem.
Perhaps the most troubling issue for the 24-year-old slasher has been his reckless decision-making in the clutch. He has often tried to be a hero for the Spurs when matchups come down to the wire, and he has notched 16 points, one assist, two turnovers, and five fouls while making 29.4% of his 17 shots in crunch time. It might be time for him to defer.