Joshua Primo's block party shows two-way talent for Spurs
By Josh Paredes
You don't often see a 6-5 point guard record four blocks in a game, but that's exactly what Joshua Primo did last Thursday for the Austin Spurs. One of the San Antonio Spurs' most exciting young prospects, he's already showing new facets of his game before even logging serious minutes in the Alamo City.
In a 99-91 win over the Ciudad de Mexico Capitanes, Primo's four swatted shots brought his total to seven in just three games, an average mark of 2.3 per game. He also had more blocks than the opponent altogether in the matchup.
Primo's 6-foot-9 wingspan was a big selling point at the NBA Combine, as was his 6-5 height and ability to guard multiple positions. Being just 18 years old, he also still has a few years to keep growing and already seems to be doing so.
Even if he stays his current height though, Primo's defensive instincts have been impressive in Austin so far and show he's very capable of being yet another two-way talent to join the likes of Dejounte Murray, Devin Vassell, and Derrick White.
Agility and instinct make Josh Primo's game stand out
A CBS column after the Spurs drafted Primo highlighted his game on both ends of the floor, emphasizing he has a chance "to be a very solid perimeter defender."
"He moves his feet well and does a good job shutting off driving lanes," said Jack Maloney. "You can really get a sense of his agility."
In seeing Primo's very limited action in San Antonio, his offensive swagger has been one of his most appealing qualities, but he'll need to be a good defender to really get the minutes he wants eventually. Seeing him show good timing on his rejections to add to his lateral mobility is an exciting development.
The Austin Spurs' schedule extends all the way until April 2nd. It'll be interesting to see if Coach Popovich calls his promising guard up to the big leagues much sooner than that.