The 2023-24 season has been far from smooth sailing for the San Antonio Spurs. After landing the number one overall pick in last year's draft and selecting one of the most talented prospects in many years in Victor Wembanyama, all the stars seemed to be aligning for this franchise once again.
Many were so blown away by Victor's individual talent that they assumed he alone would be able to lift this team out of the mud and make them a playoff threat once again from day one. But as we have seen, that is far from the case. There is still much work to be done in San Antonio before this team returns to its former glory.
Some glaring issues have cropped up for the Spurs this season, and they currently sit in last place in the Western Conference because of them. While there should not be any reasonable expectation of making some sort of cinderella run to the play-in this season, San Antonio needs to keep improving to have a chance of competing in later years.
To do that, they will likely be keeping their eyes peeled as the trade deadline approaches. There are a few moves they can make that would undoubtedly give them a boost, while others, while tempting, should be avoided.
Boost: Find a point guard
The most talked-about issue facing the Spurs this season has been point guard play. To begin the year, Head Coach Gregg Popovich decided to appoint Jeremy Sochan the team's floor general, an experimental decision that ended up making less sense in practice than it did in theory.
Sochan, a good player that can make better passes than many would think for his size, is still not a true point guard in this league. The failure of the "point Sochan" experiment made it all the more obvious that the Spurs have a glaring hole at that position.
Tre Jones has been an upgrade over Sochan as a distributor, but he is probably still best served as a backup. The Spurs do not necessarily need to find their long-term point guard solution at the deadline, but finding more talent at the position would raise this group's ceiling.