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4. Doug McDermott: Keep shooting the rock

Like Murray, Doug McDermott is another player where it feels like there's not too much more we can ask of him at the current juncture. Sure, his defense leaves much to be desired at times, but it's not because of a lack of effort. He has played his role extremely well this season.

McDermott just needs to keep shooting the ball from outside at a high clip. San Antonio holds a 4-3 record on the season when he buries four or more from behind the arc. He seems to especially like shooting from the right corner, where he's a scorching hot 10-of-15 for the year.

It's not a stretch to say the Spurs could be the league's worst 3-point shooting team this year without him. He moves incredibly well without the ball, allowing the offense to hum like an engine. The more he can keep burning up the nets, the better chance the Spurs will have of finishing the season on the right track.

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5. Jakob Poeltl: Free throw shooting

Jakob Poeltl has quietly been one of the best all-around centers in the NBA this season. He sets great screens, rolls hard to the rim, and is a lockdown interior defender. Who wouldn't want this guy on their team?

The only glaring issue in Poeltl's game remains his free throw shooting, coming in at just 47% for the year. To his credit, he's gotten better each month of the season. He's shooting close to 60% from the line in February so far.

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The progression is already there. We've seen other bigs in the NBA change their routines and flip a switch on their free throw shooting in the past. I would look for Jakob to do the same and eliminate this final tiny crack in his game, further cementing him as one of the league's best.

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