6 Things Spurs want to see more than wins this season

The Spurs have their sights on rebuilding and maximizing talent over victories.
San Antonio Spurs, Victor Wembanyama
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4. Sochan improving his jumper

The Spurs' ninth overall pick in 2022 impressed as a rookie with his versatile skill set. He showed promise as a scorer, playmaker, ball-handler, and defender. Sochan averaged 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 0.8 steals in 26.0 minutes per game as a teenager. San Antonio views him as a building block moving forward, but the Spurs must see one key improvement from the 6’8 forward.

Sochan made just 33 of his 143 3-point attempts last season. His 24.6 percent was the worst on the team among players who took more than 15 attempts. Sochan was worse on corner threes as he connected on just five of his 36 tries or 14.7 percent.

Teams can survive with one non-shooter on the floor but struggle with two. Tre Jones and Keldon Johnson both shot under 33 percent from 3-point range last season, and Wemby’s best percentage was 27.5 in his four years as a professional in Europe. A lack of shooting could quickly become a problem for San Antonio, especially if all four players remain pieces of their core.

Jeremy Sochan is focused on improving his defense and shooting. Victor Wembanyama will be a massive boost to the Spurs' defense, but everyone must do their part. If Sochan can become even a 33 percent shooter from long range, it will do wonders for his overall game.