Will Blake Wesley become unlikely Spurs' starting point guard?

Blake Wesley, Quinndary Weatherspoon
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The Summer League is a good time for experimenting, and the San Antonio Spurs appear to be doing just that.

On Sunday, they started Joshua Primo at point guard as usual, which is what many expect them to do during the regular season. If asked right now, I would say that's the most likely scenario unless Coach Popovich slides Primo over and starts Tre Jones instead. Still, I noticed the Spurs' latest draft pick, Blake Wesley, bringing the ball up often against the Golden State Warriors.

I wasn't the only one to notice.

At 6-5 and 185 pounds, Wesley traditionally plays shooting guard, but he's been given free rein to test his ball-handling and playmaking skills so far in Las Vegas. As expected, that has come with mixed results. Yes, he's been the best Spur on the floor in both games, but he's also tallied three turnovers in each of them, which included one on the final possession of the game with San Antonio down by one on Sunday.

Still, it's been an encouraging development for the Spurs, who already had to hold out 9th pick Jeremy Sochan for all of the Summer League. In Wesley's debut, he tied Primo in points and assists, both of which were team-highs.

On Sunday, Primo struggled mightily from the floor, shooting just 2-of-15 from the floor and committing three turnovers. Meanwhile, Wesley led the team in scoring once again with 22 on 7-of-20.

Could Blake Wesley actually make a push for starting point guard?

It's obviously way too early to anoint Wesley as the next standout point guard in San Antonio, but it wouldn't surprise me if that became a topic of discussion throughout training camp. He clearly has a diverse set of skills and the quickness to be a dynamic playmaker on top of his already impressive scoring ability.

Wesley appears able to get to the basket at will whenever he wants -- he's just not quite at the point where he always knows what to do once there. In the Summer League so far, he's had his shot swatted several times in the lane. He also had a tendency to get stuck in the paint and either commit a turnover or take a poor shot. Improving that will come with time though.

Although it didn't ultimately lead to a win, Wesley's swagger in the closing minutes of the Spurs' narrow defeat was pretty awesome to watch. I haven't really seen a Spur do something like this in the Summer League since -- well -- Josh Primo.

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He has a long way to go still, but with some time in Austin and some guidance from the Spurs' coaching staff, don't be shocked if Wesley starts to get some real playing time in San Antonio before too long.

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