The San Antonio Spurs are more than halfway done with their season and it's come with some mixed results. The NBA trade deadline could be a chance to start improving sooner than this summer.
When fully healthy and available, Gregg Popovich's group hasn't looked half bad, with their best run being wins over the Jazz, Clippers, and Lakers in a span of seven days. Unfortunately, health and consistency have been tough to find for the Silver and Black as they look to limp into the play-in tournament for the third straight year.
Nobody expects the Spurs to land anywhere close to the top eight in the Western Conference, and rightfully so. Although they have Dejounte Murray playing at an All-Star level, a consistent sidekick has yet to emerge. With that said, they'll have three ways to improve going forward: through trades, drafting, and free agency.
While a blockbuster trade (or even a minor one) is farfetched for this team, if they were to buck the trend and get a head start on making improvements, there are three gaps I'd love them to look at filling. In no particular order, let's get started.
3. The Spurs could use a scorer who can catch fire (and defend)
Wednesday's loss to the Houston Rockets was the perfect example of the Bryn Forbes experience. In the first half, he couldn't miss from beyond the arc and was single-handedly keeping the Spurs in the game. He ended up finishing with 21 points on 15 shot attempts. Unfortunately, he also gave up several open threes due to not closing out quick enough or getting lost on switches.
Forbes certainly fits the first part of this description but is far from meeting the second. As a result, his offensive production is being cancelled out and usually surpassed by whoever he defends on a nightly basis.
Right now, the closest things the Spurs have to scorer capable of putting together hot streaks are Forbes and sometimes Murray, but Dejounte has other duties such as running the entire offense and defending at an elite level.
A dream scenario candidate for fulfilling this need would be Detroit's Jerami Grant, who is widely believed to be on the move by the February 10th trade deadline.