No matter how you slice it, the San Antonio Spurs were an awful shooting team last year. They were 20th in overall field goal percentage (46.2) and 24th in 3-point percentage (35.0), leading to a rank of 20th in the NBA in points per game at 111.1. This season, that will need to change dramatically.
The margin of error for a team lower on star talent than most is razor-thin, so any bit of improvement from last year's 33-39 squad will be crucial. Fortunately, the Spurs appear to have addressed their shooting woes this summer.
The additions of Doug McDermott and Bryn Forbes will likely impact the team's outside shooting the most, while picking up Jock Landale and Joe Wieskamp should play a role down the line as well.
The roster as constructed before the summer had some good shooters as well, although just about everyone underperformed in that regard. In 2022, the Spurs should make a big leap in overall shooting on paper, but how that will translate to the actual game is yet to be seen.
For now, the best I can do is offer an educated guess on who the best pure shooter on the Spurs truly is, and I'll be using a deep dive into the numbers to do so.
To be as detailed and accurate as I could in determining the team's best shooters, I looked at seven different categories across the professional and college basketball careers of the team. They factor in not only 3-point shooting but overall jump-shooting as well. They are as follows:
NBA: Regular season 3-point percentage, playoff 3-point percentage, season shooting percentage from 10-16 feet, season shooting percentage from 16-feet to the 3-point line, and true shooting percentage.*
College: 3-point percentage and true shooting percentage
With that said, let's begin with number five.
*Per Breakthroughbasketball.com, true percentage is a statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball. It is intended to more accurately calculate a player's shooting than field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three-point field goal percentage taken individually.