The San Antonio Spurs might not have been very successful on the scoreboard in Las Vegas, but results aren't usually what the Summer League is about anyway.
Although COVID protocols kept the coaching staff and fans from seeing Jeremy Sochan on the court, his absence allowed for a bigger spotlight on some of the lesser-known names on the roster. Darius Days, a 6-6 power forward from Gainesville, Florida, could have potentially earned a shot with an NBA team with his play for the Spurs, as he showed impressive scoring and work on the glass.
The slate of five games also allowed for the Spurs to get their first look at their later picks in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft. With the next thing on the docket being training camp and the preseason, it's time to start looking ahead to which guys from the Summer League should eventually get some serious minutes with the varsity squad in S.A.
1. Blake Wesley
Even before Joshua Primo was sidelined under COVID-19 protocols after two games, Blake Wesley was clearly the best player on the floor for the Spurs in the Summer League. The 19-year-old played with aggressiveness, hunger, and skill throughout the week-plus and turned the heads of many with his speed.
Through San Antonio's five games, Wesley averaged 17.0 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per game while shooting 34.4% from beyond the arc. He certainly also showed areas he needs to work on, such as his ability to take care of the ball and knowing when to hold back. Still, seeing someone learning from being over-assertive is much better than learning from being too quiet. Wesley's game in Vegas was far from quiet.
As I wrote about a few days ago, Wesley even played the role of point guard on a few occasions, and that includes when he was sharing the floor with Primo. His versatility is something Brian Wright has talked about wanting from his roster, and it would surprise me to see Wesley not earn some real minutes in San Antonio before the end of the season.