Since the Spurs drafted Wembanyama, the anticipation of watching Silver and Black hoops has been through the roof. The reception to the number one overall draft pick taking the floor for the first time will resemble the movie theater experience when Spider-Man appeared in Avengers: End Game's final fight scene. Though fans will have to wait until July 7th to watch the French Sensation grace the hardwood, there was plenty to watch as San Antonio's Summer League team took to the floor vs. the Charlotte Hornets and their number two overall pick, Brandon Miller.
The Spurs got off to a blistering start, with Julian Champagnie and Dominick Barlow leading the way in an effort to put their stamp on the game from the tip-off. Erick Stevenson, an undrafted prospect from West Virginia, provided highlights worthy of Sportscenter inclusion, with a few sweet 3-pointers to show off his precision. San Antonio dashed to an early lead and never looked back, finishing off the Miller's Hornets 98-77. In a mesmerizing display of sweet swishes and dominant defense, the youngins gave fans much hope.
G Blake Wesley
The second-year guard from Notre Dame handled the majority of ball-handling duties in last night's Summer League opener. Blake Wesley has shown a knack for getting to the basket with his lightning-quick burst and maneuverability in the open court. Improvements for Wesley would be in his pace, patience, and ability to control the game when the ball is in his hands. The Spurs provided him plenty of opportunity to show just how far he's come in the off-season.
He finished the game with eight points, six rebounds, eight assists, and three steals. Wesley expressed his ability to impact the game in multiple areas, but his seven turnovers and low shooting percentage of 33% from the field dragged his performance down. At times, he made the incorrect read and played out of control on the offensive end, though he did not lack the necessary aggression to force the defense to react to his presence. Players won't always have a stellar shooting night, but taking care of the ball is paramount to success in the league, and that needs to improve immediately.