The last man standing from the 2014 championship San Antonio Spurs roster hasn't had a great couple of months. Having played 64 games in 137 days, it's hard to blame Patty Mills. Heading into Monday's matchup with the Bucks, Mills has already logged more minutes (1,590) than he did through 81 games on the title squad (1,527).
With the Spurs now 32-35 and barely clinging to a play-in tournament spot, Mills and Rudy Gay have been the target of many rants from Spurs fans wanting to see the team go full-on youth movement. I'll admit, I've been guilty of criticizing some questionable play by Gay in the midst of frustrating losses.
While all the screaming in the world won't affect Coach Gregg Popovich's rotations in the slightest, it's important to check in on what has been going on with Mills for the team's sake.
From the beginning of the season through March, Mills was having a throwback season, demonstrating FIBA Patty skills often. Here's his line through March 31st:
12.8 PPG, 2.6 AST, 43.8 FG%, 39.6 3P% in 25.8 MPG
From April to present-day, these are his statistics:
6.3 PPG, 1.9 AST, 32.1 FG%, 29.3 3P% in 22.9 MPG
Aside from Patty's point production being cut by more than half, the drastic drop in his shooting across the board is alarming. On the season, his 37.1 percent accuracy from downtown would be his worst mark since the 2014-15 season (34.1). So what's going on with Patty? And what can be done at this point?