San Antonio Spurs: 4 Goals for Keldon Johnson to win Most Improved Player
Drawing more fouls will help Johnson to score more consistently for the San Antonio Spurs
While Johnson is known for his many fearless drives to the basket and his knack for drawing contact, he is granted a comparatively low amount of free throws. He attempted just 2.8 free throws per game while shooting only 74% from the line this season. That will need to change for him to warrant Most Improved Player consideration.
While it may seem trivial for such a young player, being able to get to the line is an efficient and reliable form of offense and something that can help increase a player's scoring. The way in which former Spur, Kawhi Leonard, has been able to achieve this is a perfect example. Gaining more recognition around the league will also surely help him some in getting to the line a bit more as it did for Leonard.
Leonard attempted just 4.6 free throws per game in the 15-16 season but saw his average number of attempts jump to 7.2 the following season. The increase in free throw attempts resulted in an additional 2.2 points per game at the line. Were Johnson to increase his average number of free throw attempts from 2.8 per game to at least 5 per game (while also shooting at least 80% from the line), he could see a similar improvement in his overall scoring.