It's safe to say the newest member of the San Antonio Spurs, Brandon Paul, is ecstatic to be in silver and black.
Over the weekend, Paul returned to his old stomping grounds at the University of Illinois and touched on what it means to be joining a top-notch team like the Spurs and what the team can expect from him in his rookie season in the Alamo City.
[J]ust do what I do and try to show teams that I belong and I guess this summer it stuck.
Now I'm with the best organization and I feel really good about that," Paul said. "I think they found a guy that they know they can trust and can fit into their system and like I said before, it's very humbling just to see that the top organization wants a player like me and it gives me a lot of confidence moving forward."
Brandon spent his summer playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks during Summer League play and made an impression.
During the summer, he was averaging 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.33 steals in 25.3 minutes over three games in Vegas. At the 2017 Orlando Pro Summer League, he was averaging 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.25 steals in 29.1 minutes in four appearances.
Paul will likely split time between San Antonio and Austin as he learns the Spurs' system.
And if his learning curve is small, then the Spurs can definitely use his youth, athleticism, and scoring ability in this guard-heavy era of the NBA.
Paul is definitely saying the right things leading up to training camp but soon he'll have to prove it.