The San Antonio Spurs may have dropped the game, but it's hard to not get excited about what they saw from their recent first-round pick on Sunday. In his Summer League coming-out party in Las Vegas, Joshua Primo put up 21 points, pulled down five boards, and dished out three assists in 23 minutes.
"If you're watching what I'm watching, you just notice certain guys look different," said color analyst Channing Frye during the NBATV broadcast. "He looks different. That kid is gonna be special."
Play-by-play announcer Matt Winer agreed. "Primo just moves differently. There's a fluidity of athleticism there -- his ability to move around the court and get to his spots."
Although he finished just 8-of-22 and took a few questionable shots, Joshua still did a little bit of everything on the court against Brooklyn. Plus, his eagerness to chuck up shots is expected for someone who will still be a teenager until Christmas Eve 2022. What was most exciting to see from the young guard was his confidence and overall aggressiveness.
Sometimes, that included shots we haven't seen since the days of Tony Parker.
Other times, it included using his deceptive wingspan to stick with his man on drives to the hole.
That block was just one of three on the night for the 6-6 Primo, who will probably keep growing.
The most impressive part of Joshua's game against the Nets was his ability to create shots for himself. With DeMar DeRozan gone, the Spurs are going to need as much of that as possible in the near future.
Many reacted harshly to the Spurs' selection of Joshua Primo so early in the NBA Draft, including some of us at Air Alamo. But the more he plays, the more he's showing an all-around talent you don't see very often, especially in someone his age.
Primo even had some clutch plays in the game, nearly willing the Spurs to a win despite Tre Jones exiting in the fourth quarter after being hit in the nose.
"He's showing an incredible skillset and confidence," said Spurs' legend David Robinson during the game. "He can become a star."