Spurs Summer League: Grading every player to log minutes in Game 1

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Seth Millner Jr

Seth, aka Setric Millner Jr, logged nearly 13 minutes last night and contributed on multiple fronts in that short time. Millner scored four points and had two rebounds, and a steal, showing he understands how to play without the ball in his hands. If a player not afforded a lot of touches does not end up the focus of the broadcast or trending on Twitter, that usually means he is just doing his job. Nothing more, nothing less.

Millner's biggest issue on a night not filled with many would be his ball security. He carelessly made the wrong decision at times, leading to two turnovers in his short stint on the court. The 6'7 forward went 2/3 from the field for an efficient outing, and one of those buckets was a sweet fadeaway after stopping on a dime. There is always a place in the league for tough shotmakers with size, so if he continues to hone that part of his game and cleans up the turnovers, he may be on to something, though it will mostly likely not be on the Spurs Roster.

Grade: C

Chaundee Brown Jr

Some guys just understand what they are there to do from the very beginning and go after it, unapologetically. Chaundee Brown was drafted in 2021 by the Los Angeles Lakers but has not found a home yet. What he has found is his confidence. In only 12 minutes of action, Brown took five shots which was the 5th most on the team. He made two of them and grabbed five rebounds, telling me he wanted the damn ball. That is a valuable mindset in Summer League and will get you far in the NBA.

Besides the four points and five rebounds, Brown did not impact the stat sheet in any other way besides one turnover, but all turnovers are not the same. A player who throws the ball away carelessly is looked at differently than a player who is aggressive and loses the ball in traffic and the ladder scenario is what gifted Brown his sole mishap. (Just don't do it all the time) If he can find other ways to impact the game without the ball in his hands, Brown will be a fun player to keep an eye out for.

Grade: B-