Rookie Report Card: Grading Every First-Rounder on the Spurs Roster

NBA Draft 2022 at Barclays Center in NY
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Blake Wesley
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25th Overall Pick: Blake Wesley

We've seen a lot more playing time from other young players, and Blake Wesley has had a rookie season that Spurs fans are more accustomed to seeing. Wesley hasn't seen much action for San Antonio until recently, with most of his time spent in the G League.

In 14 games with the Austin Spurs, Wesley has averaged 19.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.9 steals on .420/.328/.711 shooting splits. Solid numbers, though not quite what you would call dominant.

Wesley is a raw basketball talent, having flashes of brilliance while making those typical rookie mistakes. But despite needing more time to get accustomed to the NBA, Wesley has shown some promise, consistently creating highlight reel plays.

Offensively, Wesley is QUICK. His blinding speed has been valuable for a Spurs team that loves to push the pace and operate in transition. His first step helps him burst past anyone and gives him a leg up on defenders. The only issue is that he has a loose handle, committing 2.9 turnovers per game in the G League and 1.6 in the NBA in limited minutes.

Additionally, Wesley could stand to improve his finishing as he's unable to prevent contact from affecting his shots. Overall, the raw talent shows in these little things, which he must refine if he wants long-term success in the league.

Regardless, Wesley has still displayed promise. The Notre Dame product isn't afraid to get his teammates involved, and he has made several impressive passes, even in his first minutes as a professional during his time at Las Vegas Summer League.

Wesley's defense has also been solid for a player his age. Utilizing his athleticism, wingspan, and instincts to snatch steals and score in transition.

Rookies will always make mistakes, but the potential is mesmerizing. Plus, who doesn't enjoy a poster over Bol Bol?

While his fundamentals are rough around the edges, and many things still need work, Blake Wesley has shown the talent is there. Patience will be the key to his development.

Grade: B-

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