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Spurs: 3 Offensive issues that could spell doom if not fixed

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2. With DeMar DeRozan gone, drawing fouls will be an issue

Last season, getting to the free throw line wasn't much of a problem for the San Antonio Spurs. They were 12th in free throw attempts per game at 22 per and finished 10th in free throw percentage at 79.2. That was, of course, when they had a guy averaging over two times as many free throw attempts as the next guy.

DeMar DeRozan's 7.2 free throw attempts per game were followed by relatively low numbers, with Derrick White being next at 3.2 and Keldon Johnson averaging 2.8.

With the way this roster is constructed, I don't imagine the Spurs will be getting many free throw opportunities in the half-court. Most of their damage will be done on fast breaks or semi-fast breaks. But with so many slashers and pick and roll specialists, there's no reason San Antonio should be that bad at drawing fouls.

The Spurs averaged only 17.8 free throw attempts per game in the preseason. Only six teams averaged fewer. They didn't help themselves with their percentage at the stripe either, with their 70.8 mark being the sixth-worst in the preseason.

Additionally, only 11.5 percent of San Antonio's total points per game came from the free throw line, which was 28th in the NBA.

Keldon Johnson did a good job of drawing fouls in the preseason, averaging a team-high 4.8 free throw attempts per game. Beyond him, Derrick White (2.6) will need to be more aggressive in drawing fouls while Dejounte Murray (1.5) could use a significant bump in that regard as well.