The San Antonio Spurs currently find themselves at 15-26, and near the bottom of the league's standings. That said, the Spurs have shown no interest in bottoming out and have actually managed to play near .500 basketball since starting the season 4-13.
That's definitely something that can be built upon over the rest of the season and especially next season. However, San Antonio will first need to address several issues in the offseason. With that in mind, let's take a look at three offseason objectives that must be achieved to get the Spurs back in the playoffs.
1. Focus on taking more threes
At this point, everyone knows San Antonio's issues when it comes to shooting threes, and it's been an ongoing problem for several seasons. To the Spurs' credit, they did add more shooting last offseason by drafting Josh Primo and signing Doug McDermott and Bryn Forbes.
Despite that, San Antonio finds themselves 29th in the NBA in 3-point attempts and this would be their fourth straight season in the bottom five in that category. Fortunately, some of what ails the Spurs shooting, or lack of thereof, can be fixed with internal improvement.
For instance, Keldon Johnson and Dejounte Murray, two of the Spurs' more reluctant long-range shooters, are both averaging a career-high number of 3-point attempts. Next season, both are likely to take even more while other shooters like Primo, Devin Vassell, and Jock Landale, could take on bigger roles and help San Antonio get up more threes.
That may seem trivial, but a lack of attempts from beyond the arc puts them at a competitive disadvantage, especially when half of the NBA's teams attempt at least six more threes per game. That's led to the Spurs getting their doors blown off several times this season and is a key reason they rank 17th in offensive rating.
Therefore, San Antonio should prioritize shooting again this offseason but instead focus on the existing rotation and how to maximize the shooters that they have.