San Antonio Spurs basketball is back. Wait. I meant Spurs summer league basketball, I know it’s not the season, but it’s basketball and it’s exciting! You have players diving on the floor for loose balls and making spectacular shots, all for trying to land on an NBA roster. Of course, you have this year’s first round talent and second-year players who are looking to tighten things up as well.
The Spurs will be in two summer leagues. The Utah Jazz summer league that begins on July 6 and the Las Vegas summer league that begins on July 10.
The San Antonio Spurs don’t have the summer league roster that the Los Angeles Lakers or the Minnesota Timberwolves have, but that’s because they already have established talent.
The only player that’s basically guaranteed a spot is Kyle Anderson. Anderson is an intriguing prospect as he can handle the ball and pass like a guard, at 6″9. If Anderson extends his shooting range he will surely be a part of the Spurs rotation, so it’s something to look out for.
The Spurs have two guards that might have a shot at making the team as a replacement to Marco Belinelli or Cory Joseph, whom they lost in free agency. The two players are Nate Wolters and Casper Ware.
Wolters is a 6″4 combo guard that had a solid rookie season in 2013-14 with the Milwaukee Bucks. Wolters averaged 7.2 points and 3.2 assists. Last year he fell out of the Bucks rotation, as he averaged 2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 21 games with the Bucks and the New Orleans Pelicans. He is a good passer that posted a magnificent 3.3 assist/turnover ratio as a rookie. He fifth in the league in the category, with players that played at least 50 games.
Oct 10, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Casper Ware (17) dribbles around the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second quarter at Target Center. The Timberwolves win 116-110. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Ware, unlike Wolters (38th pick) was not drafted. He played 9 games with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013-14. He posted averages of 5.3 points and 1.1 assists. Ware is a better scorer than Wolters, but he can only play point guard, mainly because he is 5″10.
Of the two players, Wolters has the slighter edge in making the team, as the Spurs still have Patty Mills, who is a scorer. Wolters can play off the ball, which will bolster his chances. It wouldn’t surprise me if Ware made it either, since the Spurs only have Tony Parker, Danny Green, and Mills in the backcourt. Manu Ginobili‘s decision on whether he will come back, will surely impact their chances.