The San Antonio Spurs finished up their Summer League Action last night, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 90-80. This was the first season of the new Summer League format, where the teams play an elimination-style tournament. Well, the Spurs lost their elimination game on Thursday to the Cleveland Cavaliers, so they were no longer in contention for that. But they did finish things up on the right note.
The star of last night’s game was Hollis Thompson, the 22-year-old swing-man out of Georgetown. Thompson has yet to make his mark in the NBA, but with more performances like last night, it will not be long before he does. He has been solid all Summer League long, particularly defensively and as a rebounder. He was terrific offensively as well last night, scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting while contributing his usual on the other end. Chances are he will earn a training camp invite with the Spurs or some other team. He still may need to develop for a few years in the D-League, but Thompson has the ability to play in the NBA.
Two other players of interest had sub-par showings in today’s game. Marcus Denmon, the Spurs 2012 second-round pick managed only a 3-for-11 shooting performance after being the Spurs leading scorer on Thursday. DeShaun Thomas, this year’s second round draft pick, only shot 3-for-9. After three tremendous games that had many, including myself, thinking Thomas could make the Spurs’ roster this year, he has cooled off considerably the past few outings. Both players certainly possess promise, but still have some work to do before they make it in the NBA.
The Spurs finish Summer League play with a 3-2 record. Other than a few offseason odds and ends, the next major event for the organization is training camp, which doesn’t begin until September.