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Building the ideal small ball lineup for the San Antonio Spurs

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Power Forward - Keldon Johnson

I’m very excited to see Keldon Johnson return to his natural spot at the small forward. Last season, he took an insane and unexpected leap, shooting 39.8% from the arc, scoring 17 points a night, and averaging 6.1 rebounds, which is really good for an undersized forward.

Most nights, I would rather see him slide over to the small forward position and play as a traditional wing, but he’s shown he can be a capable power forward, so in the small ball lineup that’s where he’s shifted to. 

He’s proven himself to be a high-energy player, so I can reasonably expect him to find a corner to shoot from, and when a teammate hoists a shot, he can reliably box out or close out some passing lanes. He is the type of player who never turns it off. 

This preseason, he took an even bigger leap. Entering year four, he started off averaging a whopping 22 points a game, which would certainly lead the team ins scoring. His three-point shooting is at a blistering 80% per night, so it’s safe to say he hasn’t lost his touch. He has been mentioned in MIP talks, and fans should expect him to be the number two option after the organization lands a franchise player in next year’s draft.