The 2021-2022 season could prove to be a pivotal one for young San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson. The 21-year-old averaged an impressive 12.8 points and 6.1 rebounds and emerged as a fan favorite due to his physical and energetic play, but still appears to be scratching the surface of his talent.
Johnson was even able to earn a selection to the 2021 Rising Stars roster during this past season's All-Star break. Despite still being one of the Spurs' youngest players, he's proven to both the coaching staff and fans that he's well-deserving of a spot in the starting unit.
The Spurs have managed to compile an impressive roster of young guards in the past few years of the draft and could potentially begin adding to their frontcourt in the upcoming 2021 NBA Draft. Now that several members of the Spurs' backcourt have been with the team for at least a couple of years now, it's entirely possible that we'll see one or more of them make a significant jump in performance soon.
If their development goes particularly well, we could even see one or more of them compete to win MIP. While Johnson has a potentially high ceiling there are still a number of areas in which he could stand to improve. With that in mind, here are four goals he would need to accomplish to contend for the Most Improved Player award next season.