As the calendar rolls into July, two big events come around in the National Basketball Association. Free agency is here and it can change the landscape of not only one team, but also the entire NBA.
On the other hand, July means summer league basketball is right around the corner. For rookies, future prospects, or veterans looking to make a team, summer league is of vital importance to them and their respective franchises.
As of now, here is the San Antonio Spurs current (reported) summer league roster.
Guard, 6-4, Marquette
Forward, 6-9, UCLA
Guard, 6-3, Missouri
Forward, 6-7, Ohio State
Forward, 6-6, Iowa State
Forward, 6-7, New Mexico
Guard, 6-1, Providence
Guard, 6-5, Miami
Forward, 6-8, Sweden
Nobel Boungou Colo
Forward, 6-8, France
There are a number of intriguing prospects on the summer league roster. In fact, this could be the deepest summer league roster to date. Bryce Cotton, a point guard out of Providence, is the reigning Big East Tournament MVP. His future teammate, Melvin Ejim, is the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year. Both were passed on in the draft due to size, not for lack of skills and scoring. In 2010, Darington Hobson claimed his title as the Mountain West Player of the Year. Yes, that is three outstanding accomplishments on the roster.
Kyle Anderson, the San Antonio Spurs first round pick in 2014, will also join the roster. Anderson, ecstatic to be on the Spurs, is of the point-forward mold and will look to impress to solidify his roster spot on the Spurs.
Deshaun Thomas is an interesting case. Thomas is currently looking to make the jump to the NBA, and the Spurs own his rights after selecting him in the 2013 NBA Draft. Thomas was one the leaders and best players last summer, however, with roster spots seemingly limited after Austin Daye was picked up, Thomas will have to thoroughly impress and show off his improvement to be selected on the Spurs fall squad.
Vander Blue bounced around the D-League last year, not for his lack of athleticism. Blue’s size is a big issue, and is somewhat limited on the offensive end. Speaking of size, Marcus Denmon makes his return to the Spurs summer league roster. Denmon well very likely never make it in the NBA due to his height and inability to run a team as a point guard. Nevertheless, the Spurs did draft him in 2012, so he will do everything he can for the team in his limited opportunities, hoping to land an NBA gig.
Durand Scott is another returnee to the Spurs summer league roster. The forward out of Miami was limited in his minutes last season, and will most likely play the same role this coming summer.
Lastly, two international players make their summer league debuts. Gaddefors, a swingman out of Sweden, went undrafted last week, but possesses strong athleticism and physical tools. Boungou Colo, not to be confused with Nando De Colo, is a 26 year old swingman out of France, averaged 18 points a game and scores at an efficient rate (49%).
Some height will most likely be added to the roster in the next coming days, but expect this to be the main bulk of the roster. For the Spurs sake, it seems like Thomas and Anderson have the most to prove in their futures with the organization. Cotton is facing some heat from the Spurs as well, as another prospect worth keeping an eye on. The rest are playing for their NBA futures, however not likely with the Spurs themselves, unless they are absolutely dominant.
As the roster continues to clear up, keep checking Project Spurs for additions to the team.