The San Antonio Spurs hit the court for the first time since April with a 99-90 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Despite blowing a lead in the second half, the game had several encouraging moments from the freshest new faces in San Antonio.
The Spurs' 9th pick in the NBA Draft, Jeremy Sochan, was previously announced as out for the Summer League with a nagging hamstring injury and post-COVID protocols. San Antonio's other two draft picks had standout games, however, with Blake Wesley leading the way.
With San Antonio falling into a deficit in the first half, the 19-year-old started showing everyone why the Spurs took him with the 25th pick -- he gets buckets.
Wesley's flurry of points gave the Spurs a lead in the second. But even though they surrendered that near the end of the half, he was already turning heads online.
Wesley was putting in work on both ends
As many noted, bucket-getting wasn't all Wesley was doing on the court in his 30 minutes, which led the team.
During the draft process, Blake often emphasized he wanted to make defense an important part of his game, and he was showcasing that on Friday. With Sochan out, it was good to see him step up on the defensive end with quick feet and active hands.
By the end of the night, Wesley finished with a game-high 20 points and a team-high five assists, knocking down 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and 7-of-16 overall. After the game, he was saying all the things you'd expect from someone drafted by San Antonio.
Although it's only one Summer League game, the skills Wesley showcased against Cleveland were certainly a step in the right direction for the rookie. It'll be interesting to see how he follows up that performance throughout the week.