5. Alonzo Gee, 2009 and 2010
Who’s this? Alonzo Gee played from 2009-2017 as a wing for six teams in his career. He was a starter for those absolutely putrid post-LeBron James Cavaliers in the early 2010s, but other than that, he was a bench guy his entire career. His Spurs averages were 0.4 points and 0.6 rebounds in five games, but he was a stud for one summer.
After going undrafted, the Spurs gave him a small chance in 2009, and he did not play much that summer. He then went to the Wizards and had a fairly solid rookie season, averaging seven points in very limited play until the Spurs brought him back.
The summer of 2010 was the best professional basketball Gee would ever play. He put up 14 points, five rebounds, and 2.5 steals in his five appearances. He posted three or more steals in three games and was named to the All-Summer League team in 2010. I imagine his trophy case at home is fairly empty, but he will always have that to hold on to, and no one can take that away from him.
4. Devin Vassell, 2021
Devin Vassell belongs here only because of how shocking his Summer League career was. In four games he shot 18% from deep, which is not the Vassell that is now the face of the franchise. He is, however, the summer Spurs' all-time leader in rebounds per game and steals per game. The fact that Vassell was able to put up impressive rebounding and elite defensive numbers should show that when he finally gets called up to be a primary player in the rotation, he will be ready. Plus, the work he has put in his summer should make him terrifying to any opposing players.
Vassell was not afraid to shoot the ball, which is a good thing in the summer. In his best game, he went 1/10 from deep but still posted 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds to go with it. Vassell did not exactly inspire a lot of confidence in fans after his Summer League play, which, in my mind, only makes him better. The fact that he was able to cement himself as one of the best defensive players in summer Spurs’ history and was still considered underwhelming should highlight how highly we thought of him, and I think it’s working out.