After averaging 113 points per game last season and trading away their best scorer in Dejounte Murray, the San Antonio Spurs haven’t regressed at all, still posting the same number. This is primarily due to breakout seasons by Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson, although it helps that Jakob Poeltl and Tre Jones have continued to exceed expectations with their play.
While I wouldn’t say that the Spurs are an offensive juggernaut as a whole or have a single elite scorer, I do think they have one of the most well-rounded offenses in the league, as they seem to be the innovators as the league moves away from a heliocentric offense.
Their highest scorer, Keldon Johnson (23.1ppg), is 20th in the league. Granted, they are shooting the ball with absurd efficiency, so when the ball goes up, chances are it’s good for two or three points. They also move the ball better than anyone. Despite a recent skid, they still average 29.8 assists per game, 1.2 more than the second-place Warriors.
The Spurs are sitting at .500, better than anyone thought they would be this far into the season and are playing good, exciting team basketball. Ball movement has been the name of the game, but the Spurs do have a handful of solid, if not elite, scorers.
#5: Doug McDermott - 10.2ppg
McDermott scores the sixth most points on this roster, but his willingness to pull the trigger night in and night out secures a spot on this list. He hoists 5.1 shots from deep up per game and makes 43.1%, which is the second most on the roster among players who actually get minutes.
After starting an absurd 51 games last year for the Silver and Black, he has taken a much more appropriate bench role and is usually the leader of the second unit. He has appeared in all ten games but is yet to start in a single one. At the start of the season, I dubbed him the “tank commander,” but he has shown that he is a valuable veteran piece and is garnering attention as a trade piece.
As an efficient scorer from all over the floor, maybe the Spurs want to hold on to him as they continue to win games.