A Quick Look At What To Expect In the Spurs Summer League
By Gabe Esquivel
The three games in the Utah summer league, in which the Spurs went 2-1, had some impressive performances
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Kyle Anderson, Jonathon Simmons, and an impressive debut from 29
overall draft pick Dejounte Murray in the final game-there is quite a bit to keep an eye on in Las Vegas.
The initial games scheduled for the Spurs are against the Warriors, Trail Blazers, and the Bulls. After each team plays their preliminary three games, the team are seeded based off of their record and put into a tournament- a tournament that was won by the Spurs last summer.
This summer’s squad possesses a lot of potential for the Spurs as a whole; with Kyle Anderson looking to prepare for a breakthrough year, Jonathon Simmons will be eager to cement his place in the Spurs rotation, Murray- the wiry, athletic point guard of the future- will be keen to prove his doubters wrong and earn some real minutes, and new overseas signing, the 6-foot-10 sharpshooting power forward Davis Bertans, will want to show everyone what he can do while fighting for some of the highly valued rotation minutes this season- and those are just the main storylines.
Another highly rated overseas prospect that the Spurs have rights to is Livio Jean-Charles, the Frenchman who has the 28th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Jean-Charles has great physical tools and a high motor, so this summer will be crucial in seeing how his overseas development has been going.
Jul 20, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Jonathan Simmons (16) smiles after being awarded the NBA Summer League Final MVP after the Spurs defeated the Phoenix Suns 93-90 in the final at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Also, undrafted guard Bryn Forbes has been sensational for the Spurs thus far. The sharpshooting guard from Michigan State had 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting and eight rebounds to add on to the performance. He followed that performance with 23 points on 8-10 shooting and going 4-of-5 from beyond the arch. Through two summer league games, Forbes is shooting an impressive 60-percent from three-point range and showing some real potential for a roster spot with San Antonio, as his lights-out shooting could be crucial off of the bench.
Lastly, undrafted free agent Ryan Arcidiacono- who signed a two-year partially guaranteed contract with the team- is looking to fight for some rotation minutes as well. At Villanova, Arcidiacono made a name for himself as a team- oriented sharpshooter, which seems to fit the bill perfectly for what the Spurs want. Arcidiacono only attempted two shots in his first summer league game for three points total, he also contributed four assists and two steals, and in his second game he went scoreless but had five assists and two steals. This shows that he doesn’t have to be scoring in order to help the team, but his ability to shoot will certainly help. It will be very intriguing to see what exactly his role is in the Las Vegas Summer League for the Spurs, and how he contributes within that role.
There are many different storylines to keep an eye on for the Spurs during the Las Vegas summer league, many of which have real implications for the future of the Spurs. An impressive showing from the team’s young- guns could be very valuable and reassuring to the team and its fans as preparation for the new era begins.