Grades: San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors – Summer League Game #2

The San Antonio dropped to 0-2 in summer league play following an 86-85 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. The Spurs broke the game open with a 25-10 second quarter but the Warriors rallied late to get the W. Jonathan Kuminga scored the game’s final three points in the last minute to allow the Warriors to escape.

The Spurs began summer league with a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Monday night, the Spurs take on the Houston Rockets in their third summer league game.

Spurs vs. Warriors: Final Grades

Joshua Primo
29 minutes, 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 turnovers
2-for-15 from the field, 1-for-5 on threes, 5-for-9 at the line

Yikes. This was a really rough outing for Primo. He not only shot poorly from the field, he exhibited some worrisome traits along the way. His ball-handling against pressure was extremely iffy. He struggled to cleanly beat anyone off the dribble. Once he got into the lane, Primo’s lack of quickness or jumping ability resulted in him getting stuck in no-man’s land again and again. He had a handful of heady passes and played rugged defense at times — but, all in all, this was a very forgettable night for Primo.

Grade: D-

Malaki Branham
27 minutes, 6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists
1-for-6 from the field, 1-for-3 on threes, 3-for-4 at the line

Branham wasn’t involved much. Part of that was him simply not getting many passes. But, honestly, part of it was on Branham for hiding out in the corners and not getting his hands dirty on defense. He had a few impressive flashes but Branham needs to turn up the volume on his intensity and courageousness if he’s going to make a notable impact in summer league play.

Grade: C-

Blake Wesley
30 minutes, 22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 turnovers
7-for-20 from the field, 4-for-7 on threes, 4-for-6 at the line

I once again liked what I saw from Wesley. This kid isn’t scared of anything and he competes. He hit back-to-back pull-up threes late in the fourth quarter to give the Spurs a chance to win. Throughout the game, his shooting stroke looked smooth and his explosion off the bounce continues to drop jaws. The next step for Wesley is learning how to finish at the basket in traffic and becoming a more willing passer once defenses collapse on him. The good news is it looks like he has all the necessary tools — he just needs time to put it all together.

Grade: B+

Dominick Barlow
24 minutes, 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 4 turnovers, 4 fouls
1-for-2 from the field, 2-for-4 at the line

Barlow is painfully raw at times but he’s an interesting enough prospect for a player on a two-way contract. Specifically, I was impressed by his perimeter defense. He started at center but didn’t look like a fish out of water when defending ball-handlers. Barlow has quick feet and gets off the floor quickly. He needs a lot of work but the 19-year-old passes the eye-test when it comes to moving like an NBA player and having an NBA player’s frame.

Grade: C-

Robert Woodard II
19 minutes, 4 points, 3 rebounds
1-for-3 from the field, 0-for-1 on threes, 2-for-4 at the line

Summer league couldn’t have started off much worse for Woodard. In theory, he was going to be a calming influence who could bring defensive intensity. I haven’t seen any of that. His defense has been mediocre, he’s not standing out as being particularly athletic and his offensive repertoire on the perimeter is shallow. He still has time to turn it around but Woodard doesn’t look like a prospect worth keeping around at this point.

Grade: C-

Darius Days
23 minutes, 17 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals, 6 fouls
5-for-10 from the field, 2-for-6 on threes, 5-for-5 at the line

The best player on the Spurs in this game was Days. At 6-foot-7 and 245 pounds, this man is built like a tank. Fully grown players bounce off of him when there’s a collision. But not only is he really strong with a bulky frame, Days is nimble enough and skilled enough to consistently impact the game. His shooting form looks great, his reaction speed is lightning fast and he plays a tough brand of basketball. So far, Days looks like a player worthy of a two-way contract.

Grade: A

DJ Stewart
17 minutes, 5 points
2-for-3 from the field, 1-for-1 on threes

Stewart makes heady plays right and left but his overall impact on this game was minimal. There was nothing wrong with his decision-making on either end — the Spurs just needed more from him.

Grade: C+

Josh Carlton
16 minutes, 10 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists
3-for-6 from the field, 4-for-5 at the line

Carlton is a big, wide-shouldered center who can’t really get off the ground but he illustrated a knack for rebounding against the Warriors. He also had a couple slick passes and his wherewithal on both ends is at a high level. He doesn’t look like an NBA player right now but he’d be a good get for Austin.

Grade: A-

Jordan Hall
16 minutes, 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
3-for-9 from the field, 1-for-6 on threes

Hall’s physical limitations are apparent but the 6-foot-8 guard obviously knows how to play the game. If he had shot it straighter against Golden State, it felt like he could have broken out and had a sizable impact. He’s a smart passer who processes the game really well and knows where to be on defense. Alas, Hall did decently well overall but he could have done a whole lot better if his jumper would have cooperated.

Grade: B-

Mitch Johnson

It didn’t seem like the Spurs ever had much of an offensive plan. I also think it’d help if Johnson either had Primo or Wesley play point guard. Switching back and forth is causing a lot of herky-jerky possessions. Defensively, though, the Spurs are playing hard and with an unexpected amount of cohesion for such a youthful squad.

Grade: B-