2.) Be a Playmaker
There are so many great scorers in the NBA, but the best of them are able to take the extra defensive attention they receive and turn that into opportunities for their teammates. We know Keldon can put the ball in the basket, and he started showing glimpses of his playmaking potential last season as he averaged 2.9 assists per game.
Keldon’s usage rate was nearly 28% last season, which essentially means he was the focus of about three out of every 10 offensive possessions the Spurs had when he was on the floor. That is a usage rate that sat well above league average, but that number could lessen with the emergece of Jeremy Sochan and the arrival of Victor Wembanyama.
Regardless of how those players change the landscape in San Antonio, the fact remains that Keldon is a vital piece of the offense. As such, he must find a way to continue raising his assisit percentage, which came in at 13.7% last season. Johnson is still learning how to get his teammates involved and create easy looks, but he has provided strong production for a player who primarily suits up at small forward.