The Spurs biggest flaw is frustratingly simple to fix

Victor Wembanyama, Keldon Johnson
Victor Wembanyama, Keldon Johnson / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

The San Antonio Spurs recently snapped a franchise-worst 18-game losing streak, leading to hope that they would play better from that point on. However, ugly loss after ugly loss has quickly disavowed fans of that notion since they are just 2-26 in their last 28 games, especially after watching how their team played around their new franchise player.

The Spurs have struggled all year to get rising star Victor Wembanyama the ball in the paint, and that has been an ongoing issue. In fact, many Spurs players appear unable to throw even the most basic of entry passes.

Others, namely Devin Vassell, often don't even look in Wembanyama's direction when they have the ball. While there doesn't appear to be any behind-the-scenes drama, the fact that so many of the players expected to be part of the Spurs core appear unwilling or unable to throw Wemby the ball is concerning, to say the least.

The Spurs may have to go back to the drawing board to ensure their best player gets the ball.

In their defense, few teams play inside-out anymore, so players such as Jeremy Sochan and Malaki Branham probably haven't played with a big man worth consistently feeding in the post. Still, while entry passes may be harder than many give them credit for, it is a basic skill, and it contributed to the Spurs having their worst start in franchise history.

In fact, it's a wonder that Wembanyama is still averaging nearly 19 points per game on decent efficiency with the number of missed opportunities every game. To the Spurs' credit, they've been better of late finding Wemby for lobs but there is still a lot of work to be done to make it a regular staple of their offense.

Not having players, aside from Tre Jones and Zach Collins (who's now injured), that can consistently feed Wembanyama in the post could be frustrating at times for him, judging by his body language. Fixing that could be as simple as practice and coach Gregg Popovich pulling players who do not actively look to get him back. Judging by his recent lineup changes, including benching Keldon Johnson, he may already be doing that.

Fortunately, the Spurs will likely have two top-10 picks in the 2024 NBA draft and could potentially select their point guard of the future, one who can get Wembanyama the ball consistently. They will also have several expiring contracts and significant cap space to begin to reshape the roster around their best player. That begins with having players who can get him the ball.