San Antonio Spurs: 5 Things to do the minute free agency begins
4. The Spurs should make an offer to a premium shooter or two ASAP
The Spurs were 20th in field goal percentage, 20th in points per game, and 24th in 3-point percentage last season. If you're like me, you spent an awful lot of time throwing your hands up in the air after seeing the Spurs have horrible shooting nights last season. For some reason, San Antonio was particularly bad from the perimeter at home and even worse at defending the 3-point line when hosting.
Two things need to happen next season for the Spurs to catch up to the rest of the NBA offensively. They need to make more threes, and they need to shoot a lot more threes. Gregg Popovich's squad has usually been able to get away with shooting fewer threes due to always shooting a high percentage from there. That's no longer something that can bail them out.
If the Spurs want to address their outside shooting woes with some premium shooters, you can't get any better than Duncan Robinson and Tim Hardaway Jr. While there are several other sharpshooting free agents to keep in mind, these two should be their primary targets.
In a league in which shooting is as important as ever, Robinson is set up to get a bag this summer. As AllUCanHeat's Jack Simone pointed out a month ago, he could potentially earn as much as $20 million per year given his shooting talent at age 27.
Taking out his rookie season in which he only played 15 games, Duncan is a 42.7 percent 3-point shooter who's averaged 13.3 points per game over the last two years. While he doesn't offer a whole lot defensively, the Spurs have a lot of defensively skilled guards to help cover for him.
Boasting a 39.4 percent long-range shot over the last two seasons, Tim Hardaway Jr. would also be a welcome signing for the Spurs. He's become a bonafide sniper in his time with the Dallas Mavericks. Unfortunately for San Antonio, the Mavs have made it clear he's their top priority this summer. But that news also makes a Collins-to-S.A. scenario just a little bit more likely.