The San Antonio Spurs are first in the NBA in assists, averaging 28.9 through 15 games despite only having one healthy true point guard on the roster. Tre Jones has been great this season and emerged as a legitimate starting point guard. With the waiving of Josh Primo and Malaki Branham struggling with an MCL injury, the Spurs have seen their lack of point guard depth catch up to them. Josh Richardson is more of a wing or shooting threat than a primary ball handler, and the Spurs are second in the league with well over 17 turnovers a game.
The Spurs have depth at the wing positions with Johnson, Richardson, Vassell, McDermott, and Langford, and depth down low with Sochan, Poeltl, Bassey, Bates-Diop, Dieng, and Collins, but they only have one real point guard.
Last season, the Spurs had Primo, Murray, Jones, White, and Walker, all of whom could play the PG position. The franchise went from riches to rags in terms of point guard depth, but there is a lot of talent, and even some future Hall of Famers, to which the Spurs could extend an offer.
Now, it’s worth noting that the Spurs do not have the roster space to add any free-agent backup, so all of the players I will suggest adding are contingent on the Spurs making a trade or roster cuts to free up space. Considering that the Spurs are focused on stockpiling picks instead of players, any trade I can see them making does the job and yields fewer players than they would give up.
Exploring eight free agent PGs the Spurs could make an offer on
From “washed” vets to players who are yet to prove themselves, I’ve compiled the eight best free agent point guards and put them into three categories: “sign and resurrect,” “you know what you’re getting,” and “possible long-term additions.” With a pinch of optimism, any of these players could be a more than capable backup for when Tre Jones has to sit.
Keep in mind, these guys aren’t meant to stuff the stat sheet. They would be signed to move the ball and limit turnovers. Points are irrelevant regarding the backup PG role; it’s mostly about damage control and improving the players around them. Experience might be helpful, even on a team facing a youth movement.