The point guard play for the San Antonio Spurs has been stellar this season, but it has come from a more unfamiliar source in Patty Mills.
After hitting a rough patch following their hot start, the San Antonio Spurs are back to being a force to be reckoned with once again.
They’ve now won 11 of their last 12 games, with their only loss during this stretch notably coming against the Orlando Magic. That has helped raise their record to 16-4 and their .800 winning percentage ranks behind only the Golden State Warriors (.850) in the NBA.
Considering they’ve had more roster turnover than arguably at any point in their recent history, the period of adjustment for the Spurs has gone more swimmingly than most expected.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for their defense so far (the Spurs rank 13th in defensive efficiency) and that’s not much of a surprise, especially with the type of players they acquired over the summer.
They clearly have exceptional talents like Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge leading the way, but a big reason for the Spurs’ consistency this year has come from the point guard position.
Although this time, the source of that does not come from the team’s long-standing point guard, Tony Parker.
Now in his sixth season with the Spurs, Patty Mills has been downright electric to start the season.
Averaging a career-high 11.5 points, Mills has been lethal from all areas of the floor. He’s currently shooting 51.3 percent from the field, 44.9 percent from deep and is virtually automatic from the free-throw line at 96.8 percent.
Mills’ exciting start puts the Spurs in an interesting spot for a few reasons, the most obvious being related to Parker.
When Parker hasn’t battled with injuries, he’s had his moments in his own right.
But now at his advanced age, 34 years old, it’s not so much of Parker being past his prime as it’s more whether he’s more suited for a more limited role, possibly even coming off the bench (admittedly, that’s a long shot).
A possible motivating factor behind Mills’ outstanding play could be that he is in the final year of his contract. A strong year could lead to him cashing in big as a free agent next summer.