Grading the Spurs starters in improbable upset over championship contender

The San Antonio Spurs came roaring back steal the game from the Phoenix Suns. Here's how the starting five performed in their first road win.
Keldon Johnson drives on Grayson Allen
Keldon Johnson drives on Grayson Allen / Mike Christy/GettyImages
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Victor Wembanyama

Victor Wembanyama has only played four games, and he has already made an impact that no one can ignore. His offense was almost nonexistent in the first half, but you could say the same about most of the team. Wemby matched up with the player he modeled his game after, and as a result, the Alien looked anxious when he was face to face with Kevin Durant. He played sped up, looking to show his own dominance against a guy he used to admire when watching highlights on Youtube.

Whether his shakiness came from trying to impress KD or a sense of urgency to get himself going early after multiple slow offensive starts this season, nobody can know for sure. Fans should certainly understand if the former was the case. Regardless, he contributed with defensive rotations to protect the rim and blocked a three-pointer before scoring his first bucket at the end of the second quarter with a thunderous slam over Drew Eubanks.

The second half was night and day with the ball in Wemby’s hands. He looked under control, smooth, and poised, scoring five of six baskets to finish his night shooting 50% from the field. He was 4-of-5 from the free throw line and added four blocks and eight rebounds to his stat line.

The Parisian prospect turned the ball over five times, but four came in the first half. Turnovers have been a persistent problem for him as he continues adjusting to the speed and athleticism of the NBA, but ball security will come as he develops. His overall impact has changed the game for San Antonio, and the Spurs fanbase is happy to have it.

Grade: B