Through their first two games of the Summer League, the San Antonio Spurs didn't have a hard time figuring who was their best player.
Cory Joseph, a two-year veteran, masterfully transitioned between scoring and distributing duties, all while setting the tempo on the defensive end.
In Monday's 96-87 win over the Atlanta Hawks, Joseph relinquished his hold on the spotlight and let some of his other teammates have their moments under the bright lights.
Nando De Colo and Aron Baynes didn't waste this opportunity.
De Colo looked like he'd been paying attention to Tony Parker's postseason dominance, ripping off a Parker-esque 19 points (on 8-of-12 shooting) and a game-high eight assists (against one turnover). Baynes played the role of Tim Duncan, sealing off the glass (15 rebounds) and tossing in his 19 points by calmly converting on timely feeds and creating his own looks with fancy footwork near the basket.
To keep these comparisons flowing (or perhaps beat them to death), that would put Deshaun Thomas in Manu Ginobili's shoes and Hollis Thompson playing the part of Kawhi Leonard. In certain areas they handled their parts well. Thomas gave the Spurs a third scoring option (17 points), while Thompson relentlessly attacked the glass (11 rebounds, including seven offensive).
Joseph had a quiet five-point night (1-of-5 from the field), but San Antonio's success is never measured on an individual scale.
Need evidence of that fact? The Spurs assisted on nearly 70 percent (27 of 39) of their field goals—a staggering accomplishment in the me-first summer league world—while the Hawks assisted on just 11 of their 26 makes (42.3 percent).
Atlanta's Mike Scott led the Hawks with 27 points, including a perfect 13-of-13 shooting display at the free-throw line.