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SA Spurs: 3 Stats that absolutely must improve in 2022

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3. Team 3-point shooting in every sense

I'm going to keep beating this same old drum until it's addressed, but the Spurs absolutely must take more threes and make more threes next season. As I recently covered in my judgment of five common criticisms of the new era, San Antonio has been substantially behind the curve of the modern NBA for quite a while now.

For a quick recap of what I discussed, the Spurs have been in the bottom six in 3-pointers attempted in each of the last six seasons. In 2019, they finished last. In 2020, they finished 28th. Last season, they finished last again.

The golden era Spurs got away with not shooting so many threes because of how efficient they were with the shot. Having Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker also didn't hurt. Well, those times are long gone. We're now at a place where 3-on-2 fast breaks are ending up with an outside shot being taken.

Fortunately, the Spurs' offseason moves seem to show they're finally ready to commit to what the rest of the NBA has been doing for years now. Obtaining Doug McDermott should be a huge boost in both shooting and floor spacing. Bringing back Bryn Forbes, while a questionable choice by many, certainly shows the front office is valuing 3-point shooting this season.

New signee Jock Landale, who shot 149 threes in Melbourne last year, shot a better percentage (38.9) than any Spur to shoot that many or more last season. Even drafting Joe Wieskamp, who likely will be a project, is another sign San Antonio knows they need some sharpshooters.

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Let it fly, Spurs. Don't make me do this again next year.

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