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Predicting the Spurs' top 3 leading scorers for 2022-23

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1. Keldon Johnson

Keldon Johnson broke out last season. He was still able to get to the rim and hit some floaters as he did in years past, but he was also in the race for being the best 3-point shooter in the league. Factor all that in and he is the only remaining Spur who averaged more than 15 points per game last season.

With Johnson obviously being the primary scorer, there is no reason he can’t average 20. He’s a three-level scorer who can use his strength to drive, he is a great catch and shoot player, and he has no problem pulling up from midrange, which sets him apart from the best scorers in the league. 

He was second in 3-point percentage on the team behind Doug McDermott, and if it wasn’t for such a slow start, he would have led the team, maybe even the league. Johnson is the most explosive player on the team, so when defenders meet him at the line, he can get past–or through–them for a powerful dunk or floater from the paint. The only thing limiting him is his height, although he has not let that stand in his way yet.

I wouldn’t say the Spurs have any elite scorers at all. Joshua Primo, Devin Vassell, and Keldon Johnson may all become excellent scorers down the road, but with an average age of just under 21 between those three, I doubt any of them will enter “elite” status until 2025. 

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Still, Johnson should make a lot of noise in San Antonio as the best player on the team. He will not be an All-Star, but he could be the franchise player moving forward. He fits the timeline and doesn't really have any rivals at his position, so I wouldn’t be shocked if he is given an absolute green light to put on a show all season long.