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San Antonio Spurs: 2021-22 will make or break Luka Samanic

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Samanic's shooting will need to improve to succeed with the San Antonio Spurs

The primary skill that will determine whether or not Samanic can become a successful NBA player is his three-point shooting. His shooting form looks good, and he's certainly confident in taking them. That said, he connected on just 30.5% of his three-point attempts in the G-League and just 29.4% in the NBA.

Some of his struggles may stem from shot selection and lack of playing time. In regards to shot selection, Samanic appears comfortable shooting contested threes, which is inherently a lower percentage shot. A general lack of playing time has also likely been a large contributing factor to his shakey shot.

After all, when the G-league season abruptly shut down last year due to Covid-19, Samanic only played 45 minutes of professional basketball from March 2020 to January 2021. Additionally, he hasn’t had much time to adjust to the speed of the G-League and the NBA and he may be forcing up shots rather than waiting for better ones to present themselves.

San Antonio, at least at this point, focuses on three-point shot quality rather than quantity, meaning that playing consistent minutes with the big club could mean that the quality of his shot should improve with time and coaching. Samanic moves well off the ball, making good cuts and instinctive shifts along the wing to make it easier to receive passes from his teammates. Playing with good facilitators that are familiar with his movements should ultimately help him get better quality shots, and hopefully, lead to better shooting numbers.

With the league average hovering around 34%, he will need to shoot at least 37% on a high volume of threes to become a capable stretch four. Were he to do so next season, it could unlock the rest of his game.