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5 Silver and black linings to Spurs' first tank season since '96

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4. Joshua Primo is in line for a bigger workload in year two

For a segment of Spurs fans, the most exciting part of this upcoming season will be the play of 19-year-old Joshua Primo. A draft night shocker, Primo was the youngest player in the NBA last season and it showed—yet through highs and lows, Primo carried himself with the confidence and focus of an All-Star veteran.

Smooth and silky with the ball in his hands, Primo broke loose from a confined role in his lone season at Alabama to develop as a ball-handler and shot creator in San Antonio. Though his percentages won't tell the whole story, Primo showcased dazzling shot-making and impressive scoring aptitude at all three levels in his rookie campaign. He was never shaken when maneuvering screens to exploit gaps in the defense or re-locating off the ball for catch-and-shoot triples.

Cut short by COVID-19, Primo's flashes resumed in a brief Summer League appearance. He ranked in the 94th percentile as a spot-up shooter and overall defender during those games, as published by Air Alamo alumnus Noah Magaro-George. His tenacious defensive acumen, quick trigger, and fearless shooting make for a tantalizing baseline of skills.

This all became apparent during his breakout performance at the 2021 NBA Draft Combine, but San Antonio is banking on Primo becoming much more than a role player. Despite some truly horrible turnovers through his rookie campaign, the Toronto native showed gleams of excellence as a passer.

By tossing skip passes to the corner and maneuvring mid-air for dump-offs and scoop passes off the drive, Primo might be San Antonio's next man up to fill the gap between Tre Jones and Dejounte Murray.

Keep watch of Joshua Primo next season. The best is yet to come.

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