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 - L, 73-82
Wednesday, July 12 vs. Miami - L 88-89
Friday, July 14 vs. Minnesota - 4:30pm, NBATV
Last time out...
The Wizards had their hopes of a Summer League tournament run crushed on Wednesday, as they fell in the final seconds to the Miami Heat. The Wizards had the ball down by one with 11 seconds left, but Sheldon Mac's layup attempt was blocked and time expired with the Wiz on the wrong end of a one point game. Marcus Keene led the team with 18 points, Ike Diogu had 15 points, and Mac finished with 13.
The Wolves swapped picks with Chicago on draft night in the trade that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota and then took Creighton big man Justin Patton at #16. But, Patton had foot surgery earlier this month and hasn't been able to play in Summer League. Their roster is filled with some familiar names from their NCAA days, with a starting lineup consisting of UNC point guard Marcus Paige, former Kansas big man Perry Ellis, and former Duke center Amile Jefferson.
Tonight will be the fifth and final game for both teams in Vegas, as they were both eliminated from the tournament on Wednesday. Since all teams must play at least five games, the two teams meet in a consolation game this afternoon.
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
Game 3 vs. CHI - 20 points, 2 steals
Game 4 vs. MIA - 13 points, 3 rebounds
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
Game 3 vs. CHI - 4 points, 5 rebounds
Game 4 vs. MIA - 6 points, 3 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
Game 3 vs. CHI - 9 points, 10 rebounds
Game 4. vs. MIA - 6 points, 5 rebounds
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
Game 3 vs. CHI - 1 point, 5 rebounds
Game 4 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
Game 3 vs. CHI - 6 points, 7 rebounds
Game 4. vs. MIA - 11 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
Game 3 vs. CHI - 4 points, 5 rebounds
Game 4. vs. MIA - 2 rebounds, 1 block
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
Game 3 vs. CHI - 13 points
Game 4 vs. MIA - 18 points, 2 assists