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Evaluating the Spurs at Las Vegas Summer League

A courtside perspective of San Antonio’s recent first and second-round draft selections.

2021 Las Vegas Summer League - Brooklyn Nets v San Antonio Spurs Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images

Thanks to an abundance of donations from my friends, family, and several incredibly generous Spurs fans, I was able to check an item off my bucket list and travel to Las Vegas to cover some Summer League basketball. My weeklong stay in Sin City was phenomenal, and sitting courtside for each game gave me a unique vantage point for observing San Antonio’s recent draftees.

Tre Jones stood head and shoulders above the competition each time he stepped onto the court, showing an expanded offensive repertoire while making a case to earn minutes within the rotation as soon as this season. Josh Primo made the sort of boneheaded mistakes you might expect from an unpolished teenager but flashed uncanny self-creation and defensive potential.

Unfortunately, Devin Vassell fell victim to a nagging hamstring injury that forced him off the hardwood and kept him from looking 100% even when he got an opportunity to play the unfamiliar role of go-to scorer. As for Joe Wieskamp, the second-round rookie struggled from the field and found himself targeted on the other end but displayed a knack for moving without the ball.

The Silver and Black suit up for their final Las Vegas matchup as they take on a loaded Thunder squad. But before the Spurs say hasta la vista to the 2021 Summer League, make sure to tune into the latest edition of Alamo City Limits for an in-depth breakdown of all the progress San Antonio’s surplus of young prospects made while I was on the sidelines in Cox Pavilion.