3 Reasons Summer League should have Spurs fans excited for next season

2023 NBA Summer League - Washington Wizards v San Antonio Spurs
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2. Malaki Branham’s immense offensive upside

Some experts called Malaki Branham the potential steal of the 2022 NBA Draft, and he had moments where he looked like he could live up to those expectations during his rookie season. He showcased the ability to be a consistent and efficient three-level scorer, patiently creating shots when he had the ball in his hands.

The former Ohio State Buckeye has displayed his scoring upside over the last couple of weeks. From the California Classic in Sacramento to Las Vegas Summer League, his scoring and shot totals, minus one off night, have been nothing short of impressive.

32 PTS | 12-of-24 FGA | 3-of-6 3PA, vs. Los Angeles Lakers

17 PTS | 6-of-16 FGA | 4-of-7 3PA, vs. Charlotte Hornets

6 PTS | 1-of-17 FGA | 1-of-8 3PA, vs. Portland Trail Blazers

29 PTS | 12-of-20 FGA | 5-of-6 3PA, vs. Washington Wizards

Branham finished his second go-round at Summer League averaging 21.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.0 steal per game on solid .403/.481/.600 shooting splits.

Once he consistently puts up more significant numbers, he will be one of the biggest pieces in the Spurs offense. San Antonio needs him to develop crucial game-managing tendencies and the ability to create shots for teammates. With that said, there is a lot of upside in his game to become one of the better three-level scorers in the league.

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