Wembymania is over for the time being. The Spurs have shut down their new franchise player for rest of Summer League, but the other talented youngsters on their roster are raring to make their mark on the basketball court. Who will benefit most from all of the minutes, touches, and shots Wembanyama has left up for grabs in Las Vegas?
1.) Dominick Barlow
The most likely player who will benefit from Wembanyama joining the sidelines is Dominick Barlow. Not only will the 20-year-old forward will see more minutes, but he will have more opportunities to showcase his skills as one of the focal points of the offense.
Not too long ago at the California Classic, Barlow had a monster game against the Charlotte Hornets, dropping a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double in his Summer League debut. Wembanyama did not play in that matchup, and the correlation to Barlow’s success was clear.
Barlow also got a chance to prove to the coaching staff that he can be the go-to guy in the frontcourt if they need him to be. With Wembanyama missing the California Classic, the Overtime Elite alum shot 10-of-13 from the field. The Spurs brass will take that kind of efficiency any night.
With room in the regular-season rotation, Barlow can only help his case for earning an everyday role with quality performances the rest of the way.