With a 100-71 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the second round of the Summer League Championship bracket. In his game recap, Andrew Ball broke down the performances of Austin Daye and Deshaun Thomas against the Bucks, and below, I’ve noted some observations on Kyle Anderson and Bryce Cotton’s performances against Milwaukee.
Kyle Anderson Observation
Overall: Anderson led all Spurs scorers with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor, including going 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. Anderson also grabbed three rebounds, tallied two assists, and only tracked one foul, despite having to defend Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo (The Greek Freak) on several possessions in his 20 minutes of play.
Offensive Observation: Two shot selections that were on full display from Anderson’s arsenal Wednesday were his spot-up and pull-up jumpers. Though the release looks a little slow for the NBA, he put himself in position’s to receive some open shots on the floor without the ball. Anderson also used his pump fake as he’s been showing in Summer League on one play, to get Antetokounmpo in the air, and draw a foul. As for his passing, Anderson had a nifty pass through the defense, as Jeff Ayres and Anderson performed a give-and-go play, and Anderson fed Ayres open underneath the court for a layup.
Defensive Observation: When defending spot-up shooters, Anderson was able to stay relatively close in their area, in the event he had to recover for a 3-point shot. Since the Bucks ran more of their offense through Parker and the “Greek Freak,” Anderson didn’t have any obvious difficulties defensively.
Bryce Cotton Observation
Overall: In his 14 minutes of play, Cotton finished with six points, three rebounds, three assists, and one steal, while shooting 3-of-5 from the floor. A big part of why Cotton didn’t receive that many minutes was because of the play of Vander Blue, who came off the bench to score 12 points in 16 minutes.
Offensive Observation: Cotton wasn’t as aggressive in most of his minutes on the floor, but he did make the simple passes that helped in the Spurs’ efficient shooting night. One highlight play in the third quarter came on an inbounds pass. Anderson threw the ball into a cutting Cotton, who caught the pass in motion, and dunked with two hands.
Defensive Observation: Cotton defended Nate Wolters during most of his minutes on the floor, and Wolters was more of a jump shooter off of a pick, rather than a guy who tried to beat Cotton off the dribble, so Cotton had a stable performance in the minutes he did play defensively.
Anderson, Cotton, and the Spurs will now face Australian guard Dante Exum and the Utah Jazz Thursday at 5:00 PM CST in their next match in the championship bracket.