Wish they had: Dennis Schroder
The Raptors were quick to target Schroder after Fred VanVleet departed in free agency. The 6’3 guard has played several different roles in his decade in the NBA from struggling to crack the rotation to sixth man to lead ball-handler. The 30-year-old can run an offense and get buckets, which are two things the Spurs desperately need.
Schroder has been outstanding for the Raptors as he averaged 16.9 points, 6.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 0.9 steals in 31.2 minutes per game. He started each of their first 16 games and is shooting a career-high 38.7 percent from 3-point range. Schroder is just a 33.8 percent shooter from long range for his career, so that is a stat to watch closely.
The Spurs need a point guard, and Schroder has plenty to prove. He wants to be a starting point guard and top ball-handler. The 30-year-old can play off the ball, but his best role is attacking the defense with his speed and quickness before dishing out to shooters.
The San Antonio Spurs wish they had a veteran to run their offense and help organize their young talent. They missed on signing Dennis Schroder, but the Raptors guard could be available before the trade deadline if Toronto decides to retool. Will the Spurs aggressively pursue a starting guard or wait until the offseason? Only their brain trust knows the answer, but Schroder would look fantastic in silver and black right now.