The San Antonio Spurs will reportedly send Jaron Blossomgame to the Austin Spurs to start the 2017-18 season.
With the No. 59 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs selected Jaron Blossomgame, a small forward from Clemson. Selections this low usually don’t make the opening night roster or get sent to the developmental league.
It looks like Blossomgame will be sent to the G-League, which became the name of developmental earlier this year. According to ESPN’s Michael C. Wright, the 23-year-old will report to the Austin Spurs, San Antonio’s G-League affiliate. It will be on a G-League contract, the team also gave Cady Lalanne in 2015.
Blossomgame would likely get more time in Austin than San Antonio, anyway, given how the NBA roster looks. They have Kawhi Leonard and Rudy Gay at small forward, Blossomgame’s primary position. Danny Green and Kyle Anderson will also man minutes there and at the wing, along with Jonathon Simmons (if he returns in restricted free agency).
It’s possible San Antonio leaves Blossomgame in the G-League for the entire 2017-18 season, only to get onto the court as often as possible. There, he’ll look to continue on his 2017 Vegas Summer League stats of 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game. It’s not the high-scoring production he put up in Clemson, but only a handful of games in, it’s difficult to make light of a small sample size.
In four years at Clemson, Blossomgame averaged 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game. He did this on 48 percent shooting, including topping 50 percent in the 2015-16 college basketball season.
In Blossomgame’s senior season, he posted 17.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game on 49 percent shooting. It came in 34.3 minutes per game, the highest average of the former Clemson leader’s career.
How well might Blossomgame develop in Austin? Will he join San Antonio, at some point next year?