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San Antonio Spurs: 3 Encouraging trends after three games

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2. The San Antonio Spurs are sharing the ball well

One way to bypass not having a superstar is by having contributions from several different guys on a nightly basis. That was the case on opening night when seven different players scored in double figures to lead the Spurs to a 123-97 win over Orlando.

In that season opener, San Antonio had a staggering 32 assists to just eight turnovers, led by big nights from Jakob Poeltl (8) and Dejounte Murray (7). Through three games, the team has shown sharing the ball that well is closer to the norm than a fluke.

San Antonio is second in the league in assist ratio, with 20% of their possessions ending in an assist. Their assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.1 is also good for sixth in the league while their overall assist percentage (62.0) has them at seventh.

The Spurs' 28.3 assists per game have them at third in the NBA and is four more assists than they averaged last season when they finished 16th.

The fact that the Spurs are pushing the ball in the open court is helping with their ball distribution, as is a renewed emphasis on moving without the ball and being less predictable in the half-court. While their assist ratio is bound to taper off as the season goes on, I wouldn't expect it to dip too far with this young club.