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Breaking down Josh Primo’s Summer League playmaking

Where does the 12th overall pick stand as a ballhandler, passer, and decision-maker?

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

Spurs fans didn’t have to wait long to catch their first glimpse of Josh Primo as the 2021 lottery pick plunged into Summer League action a few days after hearing his name called on draft night. And while he sat out four games as a precautionary measure, the 18-year-old combo guard flashed immense potential between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

There were unbelievable highs and excruciating lows throughout the teenager’s professional debut. Primo averaged a respectable 14.3 points per game but did so on inefficient .362/.276/.778 shooting splits. However, his ability to be a goldfish and make mistakes without letting it stir his confidence or composure would make Ted Lasso proud.

Last week we commenced my six-part film study series by taking an in-depth look at the rookie’s ability to finish around the rim and generate separation off the dribble. And today, we’ll take a deep dive into his ballhandling, passing, and decision-making. So, without any further ado, let’s roll the tape and analyze the 12th overall pick.

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