On The Bright Side
While the usual scorers were quiet, Dominick Barlow, Blake Wesley, and Sidy Cissoko were impressive from a variety of areas around the floor.
Cissoko brought some offense alongside his outstanding defensive skills. He spent most of the time matched up on Shaedon Sharpe, who struggled to create space or get around him, shooting a horrid 4-of-18 from the field. Cissoko played a key role in limiting the Blazers' offense. And the rookie finally broke out some long-awaited scoring, notching eight points and two assists while shooting a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor and nailing a pair of threes.
Blake Wesley also had an impressive performance. The second-year guard showcased his speed and passing ability without committing a single turnover. The Notre Dame product scored 14 points and dished out five assists on 4-of-8 shooting. He helped Wembanyama keep the Spurs above water, and while he missed some reads here and there, Wesley looked promising. He will probably spend time in Austin next season, but the improvements are already showing, especially with the added muscle he packed on this summer.
Last but certainly not least is Dominick Barlow, who continued to impress in Summer League. The 20-year-old scored 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting, pulling out even more of his mid-range game against the Blazers. While it's becoming the norm for the 6-foot-9 forward to space the floor, his development in this area has been eye-catching. Barlow also stuffed the stat sheet, recording six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. He's been fairly consistent through four games, and it wouldn't be surprising if he finds himself with a full-time contract come the start of the season.
The Summer League Spurs will be back in action on Wednesday as they face Wenbanyama's former teammate Bilal Coulibaly and the Washington Wizards at 9:30 p.m. CT on NBA TV.