2. FT frequency - 15% to 7.1% and FT % - 79.2 to 69.1
Aside from his ability to close games, DeMar DeRozan has been sorely missed because of his ability to get to the free throw line. The numbers are pretty jarring to begin the season.
Last season, the Spurs had a frequency of ending their possessions with a free throw 15 percent of the time, which was the third-most in the league. This season, they're 25th in the NBA with a rate of just 7.1%. That's a drop-off of more than double what they averaged last season.
When you look at the individual free throw attempts of the Spurs last season, it's easy to see why this year's roster is struggling to get to the line. DeRozan led in attempts (7.2) by more than double the amount of Derrick White, who was second with 3.2. Only Keldon Johnson is averaging more than three free throw attempts per game this season with 3.2.
To compound their free throw woes, the Spurs are also dead last in the NBA in free throw percentage when they do get there, shooting just 69.1% overall. Torpedoing the team's free throw shooting has been a team effort, unfortunately, as just about everyone besides Lonnie Walker and Drew Eubanks is shooting below their career average.
The biggest culprits in the Spurs' early charity stripe issues are Thaddeus Young and Jakob Poeltl, who have both combined to miss 17 of 27 free throws.