If the San Antonio Spurs are going to start turning things around, they need to see some more inspired play from two of their featured shooting guards.
Now losers of five of their last seven, the Spurs will need to make some changes if results don't start to pick up soon. Although they're being competitive in each of the losses, that's not going to be good enough for ownership and fans that expected more from this semi-rebuilding team heading into the year.
Some early performances have been encouraging -- mainly the quartet of Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, Jakob Poeltl, and Devin Vassell. Murray is putting up All-Star numbers as the clear leader of the team while the other three have also shown significant progress in bigger roles.
The play of two important guards so far, however, has been underwhelming. While still playing stellar defense, Derrick White's offense has still mostly been in vacation mode to start the season. Shooting career-lows from the outside (31.1%) and overall from the field (38.1%), he's down from 15.4 points per game to 10.8 and has now slid to fifth on the team in that area.
Lonnie Walker, meanwhile, was expected to take a significant leap forward in a contract year and prove his worth. The early returns show that isn't happening yet.
Beyond their uninspiring starts to the season, the fact that there are other young Spurs already impressing should lead to a fire being lit under Walker and White. I'll start with a guy many believe should already have Derrick's starting spot.