The San Antonio Spurs will be joining 21 other teams in Las Vegas this Summer as part of the NBA Summer League. This year will be the seventh consecutive year the Spurs have sent a squad to Vegas to compete against other NBA squads as well as the D-League select team.
The Spurs usually send a squad of Austin Toros standouts, training camp hopefuls and Spurs rookies and sophomores to give them extra time to develop, build up confidence, or figure out who they are sending to camp.
The Summer League has seen former Spurs rookie George Hill go from un-confident and unable to buy a shot to poised and ready to play big minutes the next year. Hill is currently starting at point guard for Indiana as they are playing the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
A few years back, an unknown, undrafted guard, Gary Neal, proved himself enough in a few Summer games to warrant the Spurs to sign him to a contract almost immediately after.
Kawhi Leonard, looking to make the next step in his career, played on the squad last season and worked with the ball in his hands to develop more of a slashing game, which has not gone unnoticed. Cory Joseph also played big Summer League minutes and went from being shifted off to the Toros to becoming Tony Parker's primary backup in the playoffs.
NBA Summer League in Vegas will begin on July 12 and wil once again be hosted at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV. Games will be televised on NBA TV.