Wizards' Summer League Schedule
Saturday, July 8 vs. Memphis - L, 88-91
Monday, July 10 vs. Miami - L, 87-91
Tuesday, July 11 vs. Chicago - 6:00 p.m. ET - CSN / NBATV
Last time out...
The Wizards dropped another tight one on Monday, as they fell 91-87 to the Heat. Sheldon Mac bounced back to be the team's leading scorer with 18 points, Jared Cunningham had another impressive game with 16 points, and Chris McCullough finished the day with 10 points and 11 boards. Matt Williams led the Heat with 17 points.
The Wizards will take on the Chicago Bulls tonight (6pm, CSN/NBATV) in their third game of Summer League. The Bulls are also 0-2 in Vegas and are coming off a 75-55 loss to the Hawks yesterday where they shot just 22% from the field and 11% from 3-point range. The Bulls have a roster filled with NBA talent, but second year point guard Kris Dunn had to leave Summer League for a family matter and Paul Zipser missed yesterday's game with an ankle injury. They still have their #7 overall pick, Lauri Markkanen, who had a tough shooting day yesterday (1/13), last year's second round pick, Denzel Valentine (1/12 yesterday), and point guard Cam Payne, who led the team with 12 points yesterday.
Both teams will play again on Wednesday, but the time and opponents won't be known until after all games are completed on Tuesday and all of the teams get seeded.
Four familiar names
Sheldon Mac - Guard
Formerly Sheldon McClellan, Mac comes into Summer League this year a year removed from being an undrafted free agent for the Wizards. Mac spent time between both Washington and the D-League last season, but showed flashes of being a smooth scorer that can both put the ball on the floor and hit from beyond the arc. The Miami product said Friday that the 3-point shot has been a big focus of his offseason so far, so the coaching staff will be looking for improvement in that area over the course of the week.
Game 1 vs. MEM - 9 points, 5 rebounds
Game 2 vs. MIA - 18 points
Chris McCullough - Forward
An uber-explosive and long forward, McCullough is looking to take another step towards contributing to the Wizards since being acquired from Brooklyn at the deadline last season. Watching him in camp this week, his jumper has been a major focus, and it's certainly developing into a weapon. We know McCullough can use his athleticism in the paint, but the jump shot is looking smooth all the way out beyond the 3-point line. He has a chance to turn some heads this week.
Game 1 vs. MEM - 11 points, 5 rebounds
Game 2 vs. MIA - 10 points, 11 rebounds
Daniel Ochefu - Center
Ochefu said Friday that he's worked hard on asserting himself in the paint and being disruptive on both ends of the floor, and that showed this week in practice. There's no question that the former Villanova Wildcat has the frame to cause problems for opponents down low, and his ability to get up and down the floor is impressive for his size. With the pace and intensity that has been a hallmark of this camp, look for Ochefu to mirror it on the floor this week.
Game 1 vs. MEM - 13 points, 10 rebounds
Game 2 vs. MIA - 6 points
Danuel House - Guard
Another prospect with crazy athleticism, House shined in workouts all week and put a much-improved 3-point shot on display daily. That will certainly be an area to watch as games get going, but House commented Thursday that his ball-handling has also been a major focus heading into his second Summer League with the Wizards. His solid 6-7 frame only helps the face that he already possesses great bounce and quickness, so watch out for House starting Saturday.
Game 1 vs. MEM - 2 points, 3 rebounds
Game 2 vs. MIA - DNP
Three rookies to watch
Mike Young - Forward
Young filled the stat sheet during his senior season at Pitt, and he brings a big, athletic frame to the wing this summer. His 3-point shot is a work in progress as he adjusts to the NBA range, but the tools are all there for the Wizards' first ever two-way contract player.
Game 1 vs. MEM - 10 points, 3 rebounds
Game 2 vs. MIA - 9 points, 4 rebounds
Devin Robinson - Forward
A lot of the same can be said for Robinson, a player who many mocks thought would be picked in the second round of this year's NBA Draft. The former Florida Gator boasts tons of length and plenty of bounce, making him an intriguing defensive prospect. His 3-point percentage jumped by nearly 14 points over his three seasons at Florida, so the Wizards will look to see if that trend continues this summer.
Game 1 vs. MEM - 3 points, 6 rebounds
Game 2 vs. MIA - 6 points, 2 rebounds
Marcus Keene - Guard
College basketball's leading scorer last season, the Central Michigan product gets buckets. His jumper stretches beyond the 3-point arc, and he makes up for his lack of size with creativity and fearlessness when attacking the paint. Keene has brought a great attitude to camp this week and has shown the same skills he was known for in college. Look for him to be a potential sleeper of sorts this week in Vegas.
Game 1 vs. MEM - DNP
Game 2 vs. MIA - 2 points, 3 assists