Summer League Update: Washington Wizards

After the first three games of a five-game Summer League campaign, the Washington Wizards have a record of 1-2, something that many people across the nation would not be surprised with.

However, what many people SHOULD be surprised with is that one of the two losses came against the D-League Select Team.

Yesterday, the Wiz Kids lost 85-78 to the D-League Select Team. Many blame fatigue for the loss, as it was their third game in three days in a week that has been filled with two-a-days.

Bradley Beal led the team with 20 points and 6 rebounds. He also led the team in minutes played with 35:27.

Backup point guard Shelvin Mack was also somewhat of a bright spot, as he scored 14 points, although he had five turnovers compared to two assists.

Besides that, and a wicked dunk from Chris Singleton, the Wiz were a no-show, pretty much like their first summer league game, which they lost 102-82 to the Atlanta Hawks.

In his first NBA-like game, Beal looked like the player he’s supposed to be. He dropped 22 points and went 9-10 from the free throw line. Singleton also looked impressive, as he scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.

Jan Vessley showed that he has improved his jump shot, hitting a few long two’s, but was also a huge sour spot for the Wiz, as he fouled out, which takes 10 fouls in the Summer League. Yes, 10 fouls.

Game two against the Houston Rockets was the most complete game for Washington, as four players scored in double figures in the 76-70 win. The score doesn’t reflect how the game really was, as the Wiz Kids were up 73-48 with just over five minutes to play (yes, huge lead, and yes, they only scored three poins in the final five minutes).

Once again, Beal led the team with 14 points, and managed to bring down 5 rebounds (3 of them were offensive). He did, however, miss five free throws.

Second round pick Tomas Satoransky had his best game of the summer so far with 11 points, including two big throw downs.

So what have we learned about the Wizards after three Summer League games? It’s hard to tell. There have been bright spots, and then there have been extremely low moments, such as losing to a D-League team.

Beal is definitely showing that he was worth the third overall pick of the draft. He’s led the team in scoring every game and has eclipsed the 20-point mark in two of the three games.

Singleton and Vessley have both worked on their jumper and appears more confident in themselves.

Mack has been inconsistent and seems to lack confidence under pressure, something you don’t want in your backup point guard.

It’s clear that some of the younger players, including Beal himself, have to get used to playing multiple games in consecutive games, evident by the performance against the D-League Select Team.

One important thing to remember about this year’s Summer League team for the Wizards is that there are only five players on this roster who will/should make the actual roster (Beal, Singleton, Vessley, Mack, and Satoransky if he does not stay in Europe).

The Wizards will have a much needed day off today before playing their final two games Tuesday against the Grizzlies and Wednesday against the Bucks.


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