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San Antonio Spurs: 3 Areas Thaddeus Young must focus on this season

Jonah Kubicek
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Thaddeus must know his weaknesses

Thaddeus Young is rather turnover-prone, but in San Antonio, that’s an easy fix. The Spurs have at least seven guards, so Young will not have to be a primary ball-handler.  

As mentioned earlier, Young is very strong and can score in the post. That’s the only time he should be dribbling the ball. He is not going to be driving through the lane or shooting off the dribble from deep. That’s not his job. The Spurs were the second-best at turnovers last season, which is really the only statistical category (aside from interior shooting) they don’t need to work on. 

Turnovers are the only area where Young could easily be an active problem. Luckily, it’s easy to limit: get the ball and either shoot or pass the ball. I don’t need to watch him try and spin around his man and drive to the basket. That’s how you waste a possession.

Turnovers and lack of confidence from three seem to be the only issue. One can be solved by coaching and the other is a common-sense issue. Young is coming to the Spurs to be a great roleplayer. The worst thing a roleplayer can do is forget their role. If he thinks he is the first option to bring the ball up, Dejounte Murray will bark at him to let him know to get down the floor.

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If Thaddeus Young manages to do everything as well as he did last year, the Spurs got a great fit for their needs. If Young takes it up a notch and improves only slightly then he could maybe win Most Improved Player at the age of 33. Either way, between Young, draft picks, and Al-Farouq Aminu, the Spurs clearly won the trade of DeMar DeRozan to Chicago.

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