San Antonio Spurs: 3 Most dramatic changes from last season

San Antonio Spurs Gregg Popovich, Keldon Johnson, Dejounte Murray, Derrick White
San Antonio Spurs Gregg Popovich, Keldon Johnson, Dejounte Murray, Derrick White / Jonathan Daniel/GettyImages
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3. Isolation Play Frequency - 5.3% (23rd) to 2.6% (30th)

This statistic speaks to how the Spurs don't have a completely reliable go-to guy yet, but it's mostly a positive trend in my opinion. San Antonio's offense had gotten stale pretty much since Kawhi Leonard departed, often way too dependent on feeding LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan the ball on the elbows.

Now apart from each other, those two guys are thriving in their new homes, further showing us their skill set was way too similar for the Spurs to succeed with them as options one and two.

With this young core, San Antonio is only going to isolation plays 2.6% of the time, instead relying on ball movement, cuts, and transition opportunities to generate offense.

Game-planning for the Spurs is tougher than it has been in the last couple of years, as you can't single out one guy to focus on but instead have to play team defense to stop one of the top assisting teams in the NBA.

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It would be a surprise if San Antonio didn't finish last in isolation plays this season, and that's a good thing for what this group is trying to establish.

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